MATT'S WINE NOT! GRAY FOX 2008 MERLOT CALIFORNIA RED WINE

Well dear reader, call this a case of Slackingus Maximus Forgetfullness, as I *gasp* did NOT take an image of the wine at hand!! Whilst I grovel (or perhaps howl?) for your forgiveness, let me inform you that the first full wine review of the year begins not with a bang, but with more of a...whimper (although the fox picture to the left is quite awesome, and I thank the artist for letting people use it for free; free rules).

Yeah. Don't get your hopes up major league with this particular wine in question, because, not like Mark McGuire, this wine isn't roided up with huge impactful flavours. So! For now, sit back and enjoy the mediocrity that was Gray Fox Merlot.

To be fair however, some readers out there in Wine Land might very well enjoy soft-bodied, light wines with softer flavours, so I shan't dismiss it completely. But, for those who enjoy full bodied, bold and flavourful wines such as those produced by French estates, one might come away disappointed somewhat (as I did).

Anyway! Named after the gray fox species that stalks around this vineyard's land (helping to maintain the ecological balance...how poignant), this Merlot comes with a screw top cap and when poured, is fairly light, not too deep a red, with a slight purplish tint. Whilst sloshing around the glass, it does not appear terribly heavy, but actually somewhat thin, and light (meaning it does not linger on the side of the glass).

Smelly time, it gave up cherry and raspberry notes, fragrant, but once more, not heavy or imposing.

Medium but trending towards light in its drinking body, the flavours present some berry tastes, and is fairly smooth with a slight sweetness, but still tended to be somewhat flat. The aftertaste didn't leave much to write home about either, as flavour did linger a little and faded slowly.

All in all, it was okay, not great, but not bad, etc. etc. etc. This wine certainly doesn't out fox the competition, but at least this fox doesn't feature one ex-Alaskan governor - at least it has something going for it.

**1/2 out of 4

Given to me for free for C$0.00 (US$0.00) (but can be purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario [LCBO] store for C$6.95 [US$6.69]).

From LCBO.com:

GRAY FOX MERLOT, 750 mL bottle
LCBO #527507
Wine, Red Wine
12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 1
Made in: California, United States of America
By: The Wine Group

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