Merlot wines can be very soft and full of berry and fruity flavors if you look hard enough. You can spend a lot of money on a Merlot or you can spend a fair price on a Merlot and get a wine that delivers. Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot (2005) can deliver on taste and maturity for its price.
You’ll find this wine for under $20.00 and you’ll not feel a bit ripped off. This wine is medium bodied, like many Merlot, has a fruity plum taste and a slightly dry aftertaste. This may be challenging to new wine drinkers because of the dryness but not enough to really be a turn off. For someone working to mature their pallet and bring wine into your life, Francis Coppolas Blue Label Merlot is a great choice. You may get used to the dryness after a few sips.
The black berry flavors and tastes of dark berries and plums makes this Merlot a great experience, if not “like other” Merlot’s for the price. It may not be a totally unique experience but it’s always great to give new labels a try and explore the possibilities.