Saturday, June 11, 2011

Conte Brandolini Vistorta Merlot 2006

I'm not a great fan of Merlot, the cheaper ones tend to an unpleasant bitterness. This Italian one from Friuli however is a good one. Medium bodied, it has a well integrated character, with plum and black cherry, soft tannins and an only slightly acerbic finish. Curiously, the PA price of $11.99 is well below of what you'll find anywhere else.

1 comment:

Susan Karper said...

Dear Mr. Bernard,
I am the business manager for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA. For the past six years, our affiliate has had as our premier fundraising event a wine tasting where we focus on great wines for under $20.00 (a challenge in Pennsylvania!). As I was researching the wines we have selected this year, I was thrilled to find that several of them, including Conte Brandolini Vistorta Merlot 2006 and Anciano Tempranillo 2004, were reviewed on your excellent blog, The Frugal Oenologist.
I would like to use your descriptions of the wine in our brochure, and will of course reference you and your blog in the listing. My husband (who is our official wine taster) and I would also be very pleased if you wanted to partner with us in the event in some way, since you and he seem to have a similar taste in value wines. The event takes place Sunday, November 6th in Bethlehem, PA.
So, please let me know if you are interested in learning more about our event. There is some information on our website,, but I could give you a lot more detail over the phone. Thanks you – I hope to speak with you soon.

Susan & Larry Karper
610-776-7737 X309