2008 Terra Andina Merlot: Smooth, light, easy to drink
this winetree purchase is a good value for the money. it's got some red fruit flavors, but they're not overwhelming. it's smooth, gentle and unobtrusive in terms of texture. a good bet if you're looking for something to pair with lightly flavored poultry. for us, terra andina seems to be a reliable label. we've had the cabernet sauvignon and the carmenere. would definitely get this again if we're looking for a low-key table wine.13 percent alcohol. $9.59.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.