Dark Horse Wines

The Original California Merlot

8.5341 ratings
8.23 pro ratings
California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

This wine comes on strong, with a nose of blackberry and anise, joined by lesser touches of smoke and leather. On the palate, watch out for those tannins. They bite. Oak is noticeable, to be sure, but it's a sweet effect rather than a savory one. The wine is medium-dark ruby in color at the edges, blackening nearer the core.

This wine comes on strong, with a nose of blackberry and anise, joined by lesser touches of smoke and leather. On the palate, watch out for those tannins. They bite. Oak is noticeable, to be sure, but it's a sweet effect rather than a savory one. The wine is medium-dark ruby in color at the edges, blackening nearer the core.

Apr 22nd, 2019
Morgan Billings

I like Merlots, but this one is incredibly acidic and has no outstanding flavor. It's medium bodied with smokey notes to it, reminds me favorably of ashes

I like Merlots, but this one is incredibly acidic and has no outstanding flavor. It's medium bodied with smokey notes to it, reminds me favorably of ashes

4 people found it helpfulMay 25th, 2015
Brian Ager

Begins with pleasant aromas of black cherries, baking spices, and vanilla. On the pallate the wine is a bit thinner than I expected and is light/medium bodied, off-dry, with well integrated soft tannins. However, it has an astringent acidity that unfortimately overwhelms much of the flavor. Certainly not a bad wine, just...unmemorable. #weekdaywine ($7.5) [7/5/16]

Begins with pleasant aromas of black cherries, baking spices, and vanilla. On the pallate the wine is a bit thinner than I expected and is light/medium bodied, off-dry, with well integrated soft tannins. However, it has an astringent acidity that unfortimately overwhelms much of the flavor. Certainly not a bad wine, just...unmemorable. #weekdaywine ($7.5) [7/5/16]

2 people found it helpfulApr 29th, 2016
Danny Kern

Delicioussssss for the $$.

Delicioussssss for the $$.

2 people found it helpfulOct 25th, 2014
andrea boggs

Sweet with a little spice initially, then fades out at the end for a smooth and easy to drink merlot.

Sweet with a little spice initially, then fades out at the end for a smooth and easy to drink merlot.

1 person found it helpfulDec 14th, 2018
Cheryl Tan

Warm, medium bodied, rather sweet for a merlot and easy to drink. Gets fuller in flavour after it's been set aside to breathe.

Warm, medium bodied, rather sweet for a merlot and easy to drink. Gets fuller in flavour after it's been set aside to breathe.

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2017
Spencer Schoeben

Spencer had this 6 years ago

Spencer had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2014
Christine Miller

Wonderful nutty

Wonderful nutty

1 person found it helpfulOct 28th, 2014
Judi Kruse

Not very flavorful & quite acidic. Disappointing after enjoying their other wines.

Not very flavorful & quite acidic. Disappointing after enjoying their other wines.

Aug 2nd, 2020
Jennifer

Smooth, rich, an impressive merlot.

Smooth, rich, an impressive merlot.

Jul 25th, 2020