Thursday, March 25, 2010

2009 Buckley's Cove Merlot

I'm getting this one in right under the wire. I had a crazy day at work and then right after some friends and I went to a book reading and signing by Christopher Moore. It was good fun but we were in line for about 2 hours. Totally worth it, though!

But, to the wine please! We drank a 2009 Buckley's Cove Merlot with polenta pasticciata (recipe coming tomorrow!). The wine costs $2.99 at Grocery Outlet compared to $12.99 elsewhere.

Front of the bottle:

Back of the bottle:

There are berries and cherries on the nose as well as a bit of a buttery caramel. For my money, it is far better than "2 Buck Chuck". It is mild, with very few tannins. It was better than I thought it'd be and fairly charactered for a three dollar wine. There are pepper notes at the end but no bitter lingering flavor. It would be good with a sharp cheese such as cheddar or parmesan. It's not very complex but, then, I didn't expect it to be. We did drink the whole bottle. Most of the time I drank it while sitting at the table surfing the internet on my laptop. It's perfect for sitting, lingering at the table with conversation.

I don't think I would actively seek this wine out but I wouldn't turn it away, either.

The back of the bottle is worth a read! It's very funny!

Here's a teaser of the polenta dish:


Doreen said...

I agree with your review of the Buckly's Cove Merlot - very drinkable - but nothing special ... but definitely worth the $3 price

Anonymous said...

We really like the Bucley's Merlot. Great price and great taste.
Grocery Outlet has quite and nice selection of wines.

Anonymous said...

I agree as well. I also really like the shiraz. It's the same price at grocery outlet and surprisingly good.

Uncle Joe said...

The merlot seems to be hit or miss each year as the 2008 was pretty good.

For 2009's i prefer the Shiraz and Cab-Shiraz much more than the merlot.

Anyway, 2.99 for this decent quality is great.

Try to find the Rock Ridge Meritage. It is by Cameron Hughes. GREAT wine @ 3.99

Joe from OC