I went sailing down the red river with my woolie hat and saber tooth tiger fang necklace. There was no need for a life preserver because the river was booze. Merriam Vineyards 2005 Merlot was the choice. This was one of the finer Merlots that I have had to date. The flavors were well balanced and I was able to feel the fruit. The 14.2% action made for high seas and blurred vision, perfect conditions for the Russian River. I have yet to go to Russia, but if the country was as good as this wine with the word Russia on it then I'm in. For the mean time I will just dress how I think Russians dress and drink in their honor.
The beat goes on my friends and for this selection I went tone def. The action on this Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 was something to be put in jail next to the pedophiles. I chose this one thinking the Chile meant cool but I was wrong. The flavor profile was something the the Welch's grape juice girl could have put together. I think that this wine needed to stay on the shelf until it became legal age. If you happen to have this wine or get it as a present save it until your two bottle deep so you don't have the disappointment I had.