For this week’s Wine Wednesday, we’re going dark and fruity with a bottle of Dark Horse Merlot. As a long-time fan of Dark Horse‘s Rosé, their Merlot had been sitting on my list of wines to try for a little while. When I spotted it had a discount on it in my local TESCO one week, I figured that was as good a sign as any to pick up a bottle and share my thoughts for Wine Wednesday. Interested to see what I thought of the Dark Horse Merlot? Read my full review in this week’s Wine Wednesday.
About Dark Horse wine
Based in California, Dark Horse was pioneered by female winemaker Beth Liston who brought her passion and creativity to the winemaking process. As a brand Dark Horse pride themselves on their commitment to bringing together both traditional winemaking methods and techniques alongside the use of cutting-edge technology. And it’s this combination that has led Dark Horse to create award-winning Californian wines and develop such an amazing reputation as a company.
Dark Horse Merlot
When it came to making this specific merlot, Beth went against what is thought of as the more conventional methods of making a merlot. She actually harvests the grapes EARLY for this wine. Then using their traditional yet technological wine-making methods they managed to create their merlot. This technique is what gives Dark Horse’s Merlot its unique flavour (which I’ll go into in a sec).
Dark Horse Merlot review | Wine Wednesday
So, what does it taste like? Compared to most Merlots that I’ve tried before, I’d say that the Dark Horse Merlot feels slightly more full-bodied than average. It’s full of rich red fruits, slightly spiced and lovely and warming on the palate. It’s got a slightly smoky and woody quality to it as well. Dark Horse describes their Merlot as robust, dark and jammy, and, on reflection, it definitely has a jammy red fruit flavour to it. Dark Horse also describes it as having a ‘toasted oak’ and ‘warm spice’ flavour and recommends pairing the bottle with slow-roasted beef brisket, saucy vegetable lasagne or even alongside something with a bit of spice. Overall, it’s a winning red in my eyes – easy-drinking, fruity and delicious. If you want to pick up a bottle of the Dark Horse Merlot then you can find it at various supermarkets including TESCO, Sainsbury’s and ASDA.