Each Wednesday I try to find a quality wine that won’t bust the budget. Line 39 Merlot 2016. With a little help from my friends @line39wine I’ve now made it through all of the Line 39 offerings.
The color is a translucent plum with a bright ruby rim. The nose if faint but with a little coaxing you can find blackberry that fades quickly, fresh diced peppers, and menthol. It sounds strange but it’s not unpleasant. Flavors are ripe blackberry, cherries, black tea and cracked pepper. Silky tannins on a long, long warming finish.
This is not a big, brooding Merlot. It’s on the lighter side with a good bit of residual sugars but not so much to make it jammy sweet. This is a solid mid-week Merlot for around $10. I give it 86 points IMHO.