A Wine for Tonight: 2008 Buried Cane Merlot

By Kori ~ September 2nd, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2008 Buried Cane Merlot from Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Buried Cane is the value brand for Middleton Family Wines. The Middletons, a multi-generation Washington timber family, also own Cadaretta Winery in Walla Walla, which is where Buried Cane is produced. Buried Cane wines are named after a time-honored practice used to protect grape vines from frigid winter temperatures in which low-growing vine canes are buried and then unearthed after winter freezes pass.

“Buried Cane Merlot has plenty of sweet cherry and berry flavors, with complex aromas that include earthy mint, tobacco, and spices like nutmeg and clove. Enjoy it with everything from pizza to grilled meats.” –Buried Cane

2008 Buried Cane Merlot (Washington State): 90 % Merlot, 10% Syrah. Deep, ruby red in color. Aromatic with black cherry, oak, and bell pepper on the nose; black cherry and tobacco on the palate. Medium-bodied and lively with medium tannins and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $13; Available elsewhere, $18

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Merlot, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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