It’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed a Merlot (too long in fact), so I thought I’d give this one a try. I like Franciscan wines in general, especially their Magnificat from ’07 which I had stashed in my cellar until they were consumed, much to our enjoyment, last year. This bottle is 97% Merlot with the rest Malbec which is kind of interesting. Price at Costco was $13.99 which is well below the bottle’s $24 retail price. And I thought it was definitely worth the $14.
Vibrant nose with perfume, dried flowers and plum. Medium in body with flavors of cherry, plum and mocha notes on the finish; some herbs and pepper also towards the close. We paired it with some grilled chicken and vegetables which provided a nice complement.
In all, it’s a $14 Napa Merlot. Maybe a slight cut above what you would expect.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points
Costco item number: 32892
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)