Alice White Merlot 2004

Price: $6
Maker: Alice White
Variety: Merlot
Packaging: Bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

Last month, we tried the Alice White Shiraz, and now we find that Alice White Merlot 2004 shares some characteristics. Notably, the wine was significantly improved on the second day after opening. The Merlot, like the Shirax, started off as rather thin and undistinguished, a typical inoffensive but forgettable Merlot. A bit of exposure to oxygen, though, brings out the flavor. The aroma is mostly spice with a hint of licorice. The flavor is mostly cherries and dark fruit, with some oak and soft (after breathing) tannins.

This might be a good wine for a “glass of red a day” drinker on a budget. The wine will improve for a day or two, and even if the first and last glass aren’t quite as good, well, it’s cheap. It’s not a bad choice for an inexpensive dinner wine – just be sure to let it breathe a bit.

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