Just a quick post here, not much time. But I just wanted to note that last evening I went out for dinner with a good friend, and she wanted to drink Merlot, so she ordered something off the list, the 2006 Ravenswood Merlot. I honestly do not remember the last time I had Merlot with dinner, but I thought what the hay. It was $29 on the wine list and my friend mentioned seeing it at Vons for about $15, so cool.
My impression of the wine at first taste was that it was good. Not oaky at all, full of juicy red fruit, and even a hint of acidity, and definitely tasting of Merlot, according to what I remembered. Definitely drinkable and probable worth the fare. I can see why people drink Merlot!
By the end of the evening, though, I did get somewhat tired of the flavor - the wine had not improved or opened up like the way the wines I like do - it had the same one-dimensional flavor that it had in the beginning. It wasn't bad but it didn't turn into anything ethereal either. As such, I didn't really finish my last glass.
But there you have it, my review a on domestic Merlot! Bottom line, good, but not great! But not bad either!