Trove Merlot 2004

Trove MerlotPrice: $18
Maker: Trove Wines, Madera, California
Variety: Merlot
Packaging: 3-liter box
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Trove Merlot 2004 styles itself as an upscale boxed wine. By and large, it’s not bad. This Merlot has a great, juicy aroma… all berries, with spicy overtones. The flavor is plummy, with plenty of oak and a pepper finish. The balance isn’t bad, but we’d like to see brighter fruit notes and more complexity.

The Trove web site at seems to be defunct, at least at the moment. Trove is a brand of Constellation Wines – why can’t these wineries manage to keep a website operational? This is the second review I’ve worked on in the last hour or two, and the second dead website.

In any case, Trove Merlot justifies its self-styled upscale box image. It’s not a great Merlot, but is equivalent to a $5 – $10 California or Australian bottle in quality. If you are looking for a party red, or for a wine to pour at the rate of a glass per day, Trove Merlot may serve you well.

2 thoughts on “Trove Merlot 2004”

  1. Jingy, we’re probably seeing some year to year or even box to box variations. I just tried a box of this a few weeks ago and didn’t like it nearly as well as the one I tried almost a year ago.


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