Delicato Merlot 2005

Price: $17
Maker: Delicato Family Vineyards
Varietal: Merlot
Packaging: 3 liter box, pushbutton spigot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

In tasting Delicato Merlot 2005, we seem to have skipped the 2004 vintage. We last tasted Delicato Merlot 2003, and never saw 2004. In any case, the 2005 Merlot is a worthy successor. The aroma has blackberry and saddle leather notes. The wine is nicely structured, with plenty of berry, plum, and oak.

We must have timed our buy just right. The 2005 Merlot is apparently so new it’s not even on the Delicato website. The box is also new, For an inexpensive Merlot, the Delicato Merlot is a great value. This wine is a perennial medal winner, and we recommend it for those who want a Merlot that’s not too expensive and easy to dispense.

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