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Any suggestions for a good Merlot full bodied in the $30 range? I have a picky gf partial wine snob....No pics yet.....
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Any suggestions for a good Merlot full bodied in the $30 range? I have a picky gf partial wine snob....No pics yet.....
If she is a wine snob then Merlot may not be the way to go ... Its sorta an entry level wine

Buy a nice California Cabernet .... $25 90+ points and you are good to go ...

http://www.winemag.com/2015/01/22/30...vor-and-value/

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She likes Cabernet. Says 2013 was a good year.
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There are some good merlots but I'm not familiar with many in the $30 range. Emmolo is a nice one but around $60. They got a bad rep in the 90s much because of the movie and really it was undeserved. The cheap merlot is crap just like other cheaper stuff but the good ones can be amazing.

If she likes cabs, try Justin and Louis Martini. Sonoma is better but more expensive Napa is in the $30 range you requested.

There are a lot of decent bottles to be had at $20. Most of the time people can't tell the difference in the $20-40 range it's when it gets above that when you start getting more interesting wine and if your tastebuds can pick them up a lot more flavor.

Also look at Argentinian and Chilean wines. A lot of bang for the buck.

Whole Foods gives 10% discount on purchase of 6 or more. Many have wine bars and their wine buyer (not just the regular people on the floor) will usually be very experienced. Some are sommelies. With their Amazon purchase might see prices come down although they weren't really much higher on the mid range wines to begin with.
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More like $50 but Emmolo Merlot is great. Drinks like a cab. 2014 or 2015 at both good. Also, if you can find it Fly By Merlot is interesting for a low price ($12 or so). Once again drinks like a Cab.

Otherwise, go to a wine shop and ask. You should be able to get a great bottle for $30. Merlot isn't exactly in favor at the moment like a Pinot, Cab, or Malbec. I personally like it but haven't had enough to know what I'm getting in a restaurant.
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There are some good merlots but I'm not familiar with many in the $30 range. Emmolo is a nice one but around $60. They got a bad rep in the 90s much because of the movie and really it was undeserved. The cheap merlot is crap just like other cheaper stuff but the good ones can be amazing.

If she likes cabs, try Justin and Louis Martini. Sonoma is better but more expensive Napa is in the $30 range you requested.

There are a lot of decent bottles to be had at $20. Most of the time people can't tell the difference in the $20-40 range it's when it gets above that when you start getting more interesting wine and if your tastebuds can pick them up a lot more flavor.

Also look at Argentinian and Chilean wines. A lot of bang for the buck.

Whole Foods gives 10% discount on purchase of 6 or more. Many have wine bars and their wine buyer (not just the regular people on the floor) will usually be very experienced. Some are sommelies. With their Amazon purchase might see prices come down although they weren't really much higher on the mid range wines to begin with.
I second all of this. The South American wines tend to be fruit forward which makes most very drinkable and some really quite nice. Also, Sonoma is my preference over Napa.
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
She likes Cabernet. Says 2013 was a good year.
A good year where ?

Lots of good cab-sauv out of South America (Peru, Chile) you can get for $10-$15/ bottle
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My 2 favorites are Hall Cab ~ $40
And then Josh ~ $17
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Good year for California reds.
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Don't shoot the OP... Just trying to get laid tonite....
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13 was a very good year in general. As for your wine girl's taste buds and your pocket book this should be interesting. I would make a game of this and require her to be involved in the selection process. Takes you off the hook in the event of something doesn't meet her liking. With that said use the internet there are many good sites and an app called Vivino, Last Bottle, wine searcher, cellar tracker just to name a few.

Also don't limit yourselves to cab's only there are great pinot noir, and Syrah to be had. Looking at wine from different countries is fun, Australia, South American, New Zealand, and Africa make some great wine.

Make it fun, enjoy, and always look for Happy Endings - Cheers
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Don't shoot the OP... Just trying to get laid tonite....
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With the newly redefined goal step it up a bit. If she likes merlot and "full bodied" together (not in that price range usually) most likely she will love blends.

Pick up a bottle of prisoner. Not prisoner "cuttings" and I always recommend to pick a known good / liked bottle for backup when trying something new just in case.

Chill it. Cellar temp for reds should be 58-60. Some may say 60-62. I like it a little cooler. Throw it in the ice bin in your freezer for 15 min if you don't have a cooler. Then decant and let it breathe and warm as you drink it.
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Originally Posted by superknt View Post
13 was a very good year in general. As for your wine girl's taste buds and your pocket book this should be interesting. I would make a game of this and require her to be involved in the selection process. Takes you off the hook in the event of something doesn't meet her liking. With that said use the internet there are many good sites and an app called Vivino, Last Bottle, wine searcher, cellar tracker just to name a few.

Also don't limit yourselves to cab's only there are great pinot noir, and Syrah to be had. Looking at wine from different countries is fun, Australia, South American, New Zealand, and Africa make some great wine.

Make it fun, enjoy, and always look for Happy Endings - Cheers
Yes its coming down to that soon. She is a picky eater and drinker. But worth every pain in the ass trait she has. Thanks for all the replies.
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Procure a empty bottle of very expensive red wine, fill it with cheap red wine and when you serve it to her and she see's that it is already open tell her you opened it to let it breath and find out for real how much of a wine snob she really is. I had a friend who did this with "Two Buck Chuck" from Trader Joe's and the women raved about how good it was. Just keep it a secrete or she could become the ex-girlfriend!
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Decant an average wine and she'll think it's a great wine. Saw a story about how much decanting a wine and letting it sit for a bit makes a huge difference. I usually don't have the patience. I did sample a wine freshly opened vs decanted for an hour and the difference was noticeable and I'm no aficionado.
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Decant an average wine and she'll think it's a great wine. Saw a story about how much decanting a wine and letting it sit for a bit makes a huge difference. I usually don't have the patience. I did sample a wine freshly opened vs decanted for an hour and the difference was noticeable and I'm no aficionado.
Put it in the blender. Seriously. Decanted in 60 seconds.
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2012 and 13 were both great years for Napa and Sonoma Cabernet. No need to decant or purée your grape. Set a budget - $30 is fine - and spend a bit of time looking at the names and labels of the Cali cabs your grog shop offers. Pick something with a name or label you like, find unique, or that strikes a memory you can talk about with your date. Wine is one of the most subjective tastes, just like blond vs brunette and cat vs mono.

If the date goes well and you both like the wine it'll be less about the nose, tannins, taste, and finish (of the wine) and more about how XYZ Cab reminds you of that time...
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