Burlwood Cellars Merlot 2016
A few weeks ago we decided to take a trip to Aldi to shop and check out their wine selection. They do have a good variety some popular brands and some more obscure. Staying low bucks we pick up a few bottles of Burlwood Cellars Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today we will concentrate on the Merlot. This wine was a bargain at $4.49 a bottle. We thought we would take a chance and we were happily surprised to say we enjoyed it. Burlwood Cellars is a sub-label of E & J Gallo wines produced specifically for the hotel and restaurant industry. Gallo is a major player in the wine industry with many labels bottling in Modesto, Ca. This wine does not show in their portfolio.
What I found on opening and pouring a glass is that there is not a big nose on it but you do get dark berry maybe citrus aroma. The colour is a clear burgundy with nice fingers if anyone looks at that any more. 🙂 First taste was peppery with burnt oak, not in a bad way. The dark berries-cherry vanilla come thru with a semi-dry finish that was a little harsh. After sitting a few minutes the nose opened up a bit more and flavour smoothed out.
We did enjoy this wine with Pork Ribs and mashed potatoes and applesauce watching the Ravens game and we won!! It is a good everyday wine and the price is a great value.I have seen it online for up to $15.00 a bottle. Cheap wine can be good, Explore!