HRM Rex Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Merlot
Monterey County, California (no vintage) $7.55 for 750 ml
For such a long-winded and whimsical name, I expected something … interesting, I guess.
Don’t get me wrong: this wine is not bad, but, for lack of a better word, I’d call it a bit boring.
Which I don’t like to do; I usually find something interesting in almost everything. But the flavor tasted kind of bland and it really didn’t have much personality to it. It wasn’t unpleasant; in fact, I’m sure a lot of people might enjoy sipping on this while they socialize or watch a movie or something. I mean, it wouldn’t be bad for that kind of thing as the flavors would certainly not be demanding or distracting.
My general impression of this wine surprised me as it appears to have won many awards from 2003 and 2004 (no mention on their website of more recent awards). I don’t know; maybe I was having an off taste bud day or something, because the website mentions the wine’s “good seam of acidity” and a “decidedly spicy nose of cherry, cassis and cedar”…???
Maybe so, but I didn’t quit get that. In fact, this wine seemed anything but spicy to me. It seemed pretty low on the acidity, too, which is one thing I noticed immediately and thought might help perk it up a bit.
Cassis? I was completely befuddled by this description as I had no idea what it meant. Thanks to www.m-w.online, however, I discovered that it is simply a French word for black currant. Oh. Well in that case, I did notice a general dark berry/fruit flavor so I’ll go along with this description.
And cedar? Well, I don’t know how to respond to that.
Bottom line, I just found this Merlot a bit flat. Not nasty or disgusting, but not good. It was just okay.
I’m sorry, ¿free range? rooster. At least you have a happy life….
wine’s website: www.rexgoliath.com