2010 Independent Producers - La Bourgeoisie Merlot
This is great quality for a merlot for under $15 that’s rich enough to stand up to many cabernet sauvignons. You’d spend a lot more for a similar wine from Napa. There are so many reasons you’ll love this merlot. Full bodied with a fair bit of earth and herbs, without being over oaked. And a good chunk of fruit along with smoke and cedar. Ready to drink now with European style foods such as red sauces, mushrooms, nut cheeses, and Gardien. The vintners designed this wine to go with food.
The label says this merlot is produced by The House of Independent Producers, but behind this is a family run winery that has used organic practices for years. The label is a little crazy, looking like a Dr. Bronner’s label for wine. The back label even has a Website where you can sign their manifesto that rails against the evils of the wine rating systems. (If you doubt they are evil, you’d better check this out.) The price of this wine is low for its quality because you’re not paying for the name or a rating.