TWC is just not impressed with this wine. It's too cloying on the palate and the nose. Nose is wine snob talk that means if you take a deep whiff of the wine, it smells sweetish (not Swedish, you cretin! And you know who you are.). At $8.00-$9.00 US, it's also too expensive.
The wine gets a little better with some breathing and NoStar's decanter will be handy about now. But, in the end, this is a just-okay medium bodied Merlot that you might expect to find as the unlabeled house red at a buffet in Laughlin or maybe at Shakey's. And actually, we did. Find the house red at the buffet at the former Flamingo Hilton. It was free. It was better than this one.
The temperate climate and moist, alluvial soils of the Central Coast are ideal for the cultivation of world-class Merlot. Turner Road’s rendition displays the rich cherry fruit, smooth texture and gentle spice tones that make Merlot a favorite of red wine lovers. The influence of French and American oak enhances the wine’s complexity and mouth-feel.
Cherry is code for sweetish and cloying, to use the same word twice. The wine develops a little pepper after a while, maybe that is the spice they mean.
We sampled a lot of wines when the in-laws were in town over the 4th. This wasn't one of the better ones. If it were five bucks? Well, okay. Except it's not. Pass on this one.
What? You want a number? Okay. 85-86.