Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Region: Virginia – USA
Medium-bodied in the Bordeaux style, this blended wine carries hints of black cherry, cassis, pepper, and spice that follow through into soft tannins that make this red wine easy to enjoy with a variety of meals such as pasta, red meat, and barbeque.
Recommendation: I’ll admit that I don’t drink a lot of merlot any more. It’s not so much that I don’t like it, as I’m very picky about my merlot and have a hard time finding one that I like. That being said, I am a fan of blending merlot with other red wines, and the Chesapeake Cab/Merlot from Ingleside Vineyards was no exception. This medium-bodied wine paired great with a dish of wheat pasta and meat sauce, but the soft tannins made it easy to enjoy even after the food had been finished.
What I like most about this wine is the value. At around $13, it’s easy to keep on hand and use as upscale red table wine, but while you won’t spend a lot on this wine, you’ll get a lot of taste out of it. Great with food or without, this blended red wine is a great value and one you won’t regret having in your wine selection. I’ve already enjoyed the one bottle I had and regret having not bought more, something I plan to remedy before too long.