Wine Enthusiast -Willamette Valley, OR - "Though the name and label suggest a French take on Oregon Pinot Noir, this wine's flavors have more in common with...California versions. Its jammy, forward and ripe strawberry fruit is hard to resist at this price.
Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.
Pinot Noir was born in the Burgundy region of France, and it’s in Burgundy where the best Pinot Noir is still produced. Like many other regions of France, Pinot Noir producers do not refer to their Pinot Noir wine as Pinot Noir, but instead call it red Burgundy, after the region where it’s made.
Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry, creating a big, ripe red wine that comes with some of the highest alcohol content of any red wine on the market (between 14 and 17 percent).
This is the world’s most popular red wine and most likely because of its strong and refreshing flavor. Merlot, as with most reds, captures flavors on many different realms: red fruit, oak and complex levels. This wine focuses on strawberry, raspberry, oak, chocolate and even coffee flavors.