Middle Sister There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.
Lately my husband and I have been drinking red wines with our evening meals; we had built quite the collection over the months. This particular wine was purchased at our local Target. It was inexpensive, under $10 at the time. There were actually a few factors that drew me to it other than the inexpensive costs:
The name of the winery-- Middle Sister (I'm a middle sister, so the idea of a winery created around this concept intrigued me.)
The label image and color scheme (This particular Middle Sister reminds me of me. And of course who doesn't remember drawing cute stick figures in class?)
The story on the back of the wine: The Age of Aquarius has come and gone, but some things never go out of style. Like flowers, peace and a nice glass of Merlot. Let's take a moment to toast the sisters who march on to the beat of a different drummer. Nobody stays forever young. But you will always be forever cool. And for that, we salute you. Sip on!
Although these might be arbitrary reasons for buying a wine, I figured there wasn't much to loose because it was such an inexpensive purchase considering how pricey some decent reds are.
Upon researching the contents, it is 94% Merlot and 6% Malbec. It was made with warm ferments (80F+) and mixed frequently for color extraction and fruit characters. It is described as smelling of ripe summer berries with a touch of vanilla. It's tastes are likened to lush berries that lead to a lingering cocoa power finish. Suggested pairings include Portobello mushroom burgers, grilled tuna, braised lamb shanks, or aged jack cheese.
Unfortunately, we didn't pair the wine with one of the suggestions. When we are dining out, it's easier to accomplish this feat. When dining in, we don't cook food to fit with the wines in the house. There are pros and cons to this appropriate, two of which I have listed here:
Pro: When a wine is good, it will jump out no matter what you are eating with it. These wines leave a longer lasting impression and makes us want to purchase them more often.
Con: The more mediocre the wine is, the more this fact stands out with inappropriate pairings.
In the case of "Forever Cool," we drank it as an after dinner wine with a bit of chocolate and some cheddar cheese. The pairing wasn't particularly harmful, and we did enjoy the wine. I admit to being a little disappointed by its mediocrity, though. It was supple and smooth, an easy drinking wine, but the red and black fruit aromas and flavors were actually bitter and didn't provide the creamy richness I wanted. There was a lasting finish but this was again disappointing because of the bitterness of the Merlot.
Not surprising, I disagree with the the wine seller's description of how "Forever Cool" smells. Instead, I liken it to bitter or unripe berries with a hint of cocoa to mask the bitter taste that awaits. After drinking the wine for a little while, I got used to the bitter berry taste and just enjoyed it.
This isn't a bad Merlot, and I would definitely recommend it to those on a budget. The novelty of the wine is in the label and presentation of the story for this particular Middle Sister. I find the whole concept refreshing and unique. I also like to support California wineries, and since this one is located in beautiful Santa Rosa, California, it's a perfect choice.
I would purchase this wine again, especially if I want something affordable, but I am more interested in trying some of the other Middle Sister wines before I revisit this particular one. Who knows? Maybe I will find a better one for my particular tastes.
What did you think of this review?
Fun to Read
What's your opinion on Middle Sister Forever Cool - Merlot?