Merlot, Tres Palacios Carmenere Reserve
Being a lover of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is no surprise that I love Carmenere as well. Tres Palacios Reserve Carmenere is one of my favorites, especially for the price. I find that most Carmenere’s in the $10 to $12 price range can be overly jammy without good balance, but not Tres Palacios. This wine has beautiful plum and berry aromas mixed with just the right amount of earth and spice. The palate is fresh and well balanced with ripe fruit and elegant tannins, the finish is smooth with spice and oak components. This wine pairs well with meat and hearty casserole dishes.