We were laughing at the fact that we haven’t had a Merlot since we started this blog. And, for “Open That Bottle Night” we chose this one; the Hamilton Estates California Merlot. This was a gift from my father-in-law and mother-in-law. They sent us a case of wine with 6 reds and 6 whites. We love this Hamilton Estates Merlot 2003. It is smooth and exquisite. A bouquet of licorice and dark chocolate. The wine is full bodied. Round and supple. A perfect bottle for a night in front of the fireplace.
Tom: My parents gave us this Hamilton Merlot and we like it so much that we hoard it. So Open That Bottle Night is the perfect cue for us to have it. It is a delicious wine — softer than a cabernet, dry, dark fruits, hints of chocolate.