Vineyard: Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg, TX
Type of wine: Merlot
Nose: dark fruit
Palate: dark fruit, woody
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
I first tasted this wine at the Becker tasting room in Fredericksburg and it did not make a lasting impression. I was spending time with my family for Thanksgiving and one of the bottles of wine on hand was this Becker 2010 Reserve Merlot. The nose of the wine is an inviting dark fruit aroma. The first taste of the wine is very woody/oaky and rather bitter. Subsequent tastes became less bitter and notes of blackberry and dark cherry came through, however still overwhelmingly woody. To be fair, it became rather smooth, supple and drinkable after the first glass, however a lot of merlots i’ve tasted have been more complex and with less bitterness in this price range. I would not recommend picking up a bottle of this wine as there are far greater ones to choose from in this price range, such as the Messina Hof 2009 Barrel Reserve Merlot. If you were to catch this wine on sale for under $10 it may be worth giving a try to form your own opinion.