MATT'S WINE NOT! PELEE ISLAND 2008 MERLOT ONTARIO, CANADA RED WINE

Thankfully dear reader, at least in my neck of the woods, the warm weather has returned with a tender embrace, which we all know won't last, as Old Man Winter will come crawling back to punch Young Man Summer in the face to take back his weather crown.

Where am I going with this? I'm not even sure, but what I can always talk about is a good wine, and this one certainly fits the bill. (Had the lovely bird on the front of the wine been a duck, "fits the bill" would have been a brilliant joke.) However, it's not a duck, it's a *reads back of bottle* Red-Headed Woodpecker...but of course! And, I can tie all this nonsense together because ti's the season for bird watching, and this delightful Merlot is a fruit-filled delicious treat sure to satisfy your Springy/Summer needs.

This Merlot is also incredibly price friendly, and is a blend of 70% imported and 30% domestic wines, which, whatever they are, blend together to produce a very drinkable, smooth wine.

Naturally corked, it is a crimson cherry in colour, and has a nose of cherry, and perhaps even raspberry. It is definitely fruit-forward, medium in strength, and fresh, and inviting, not unlike a Tiger Woods mistress.

The taste gives one a swing of zing, and is medium bodied. It is dry, but the berryish flavour compensates wonderfully to take away the dryness; the added absence (+ -?) of tannins makes this, as previously noted, a very easy to drink vino. The aftertastes continues to suggest fruit, and does give a little of that grapey-seediness in the end, which is fine.

This is another wine that proves cost be damned, you don't have to spend a lot to get a very enjoyable wine (unless you're some wine snob, and if you are, why are you reading this?!). It is fruit-filled, smooth, easy, and delicious, and at under C$10 per shot, a sure fire winner.

This Merlot has even become my weekly go-to wine, so that I can sit back after a day of work, and unwind and enjoy with a glass (or four...just kidding, don't drink that much!).

To close, let's just say this: you'd be a bird brain to pass up a chance to buy it!

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$9.95 (US$9.46).

From LCBO.com:

PELEE ISLAND MERLOT, 750 mL bottle
LCBO #470823
Wine, Red Wine
12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar content: 1
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.

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