‘Total Wine & More’ Merlot Value Challenge Kick-Off!

Read this post to: Learn a little bit about Merlot See what I learned about shopping for value Merlot at Total Wine & More (including some surprises!) Find out which specific bottles will be competing in the Merlot Value Challenge Merlot Overview Poor ole' Merlot...  No other grape in the world seems to have quite …

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VinCrush Pinot Noir Value Challenge Results! Finding the best Pinots for around $10 at Total Wine & More!

Pinot Noir Challenge Results The Pinot Noir results are in! At the bottom of this post, you'll find the final rankings and links to the individual reviews. The top few bottles from this month were very nicely made and definitely deserving of your $10 investment!  They have good structure, are smooth drinking, and offer up pleasant …

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Five Branches California Pinot Noir 2015 – White grape juice?

Price: $7.99 at Total Wine  Style: The "Anna" (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Skip it” Review: Completely dead on Day 1. Nothing at all on the nose. Light to medium body with a bit of acidity noticeable up front and some grippiness on the back. Very light flavors and a short finish. On …

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A by Acacia Pinot Noir 2015 – Delivering smoke, cola, and spice for under $9!

Price: $8.97 at Total Wine  Style: The "Tom" (Medium body with some more interesting and complex flavors.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: Quite good at this price with a much more pronounced nose than you can usually expect from a value Pinot. It carries more than just fruit, delivering mild smokiness, cola, and a bit of spice. …

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Rex Goliath Pinot Noir – Shockingly good for the “El Cheapo” bottle of the competition

  Price: $6.99 at Total Wine  Style: The "Anna" (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Ok... Let's get real... it's a $7 bottle of Pinot Noir. If your expectations are high for a $7 bottle of PN, I question your expectations. I personally approached this bottle with very …

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Beringer Vineyards Founders Estate Pinot Noir 2014 – A good nose let down by a flabby body

Price: $7.99 at Total Wine  Style: The "Anna" (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Started off really well with a nice medium nose led by candied cherries. Unfortunately, the palate couldn't back it up. It came across as a bit thin and flabby with no discernible tannin or …

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Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 – “Herb-y” and yummy

  Price: $8.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: The Bogle is a very herb-driven interpretation of Pinot Noir. It serves up lots of oregano, sage, and earth, with just a little bit of tart cherry to give it a fresh and fruity …

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