TWC was puttering in the kitchen throwing together some spaghetti sauce for dinner and I needed some cheap red wine. This time for actual cooking. Swear it. Chianti works best but any dry red wine will do.
Somebody gave me two bottles of Red Snake Merlot and the first bottle was absolutely ghastly. Been meaning to pan this wine for a while now.
So I'm rummaging through the wine rack, looking for a cheap Chianti to open for the sauce. No. Not this one. Too expensive. MMMMM, I really liked that one. Nope. Nope again. Then: Light Bulb comes on. Cheap red wine? Spaghetti sauce. Okay. Let's get rid of this other bottle of lousy Red Snake Merlot.
And then, friends, the surprise. Yes, one of these hangs in the kitchen thereby ensuring a taste before dumping one third of the bottle into the sauce. The wine is either dramatically inconsistent from bottle to bottle or the first bottle was spoiled and I didn't realize it.
This was disappointing as I had already mentally worked out the screed, railing against the French for marketing undrinkable wine in a snake shaped bottle with a cool, kitschy label, thereby sucking in the unwashed so that Miles could look further askance at anyone who orders Merlot. And mutter bad words.
Instead, we get a dry, medium bodied Merlot with an earthy, mineral feeling. You get a bit of red fruit and it's a little medicinal on the finish. Although, Red Snake will never be a stellar wine, overall, the wine is well made and quite drinkable.
Red Snake comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, the largest producing region in the world, where many of the vineyards overlook the Mediterranean Sea, and is bottled by Jeanjean.