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I consider myself an average goon drinker, just like the rest of you. Oh, I know I run a website devoted to it and I know some of you see me as a wine god, but hey, I’m just like you, I put my pants on one leg at a time. As an ‘average’ goon drinker I usually stick mostly to Fruity Lexia and Soft Whites, but occasionally I have been known to whip out a classy sack or two. If you think you can handle a classy sack, be my guest, but just so you know – when you bring one out, people will be expecting a cheese platter or at the very least the cheese slices you get in the plastic wrappers.
The classy sack I have chosen to review is the Stanley Cabernet Merlot. The name definitely sounds fancy. The box… not so fancy. The entire box was a shade of dark purple, I guess it does visually represent the fruit that would normally be found in a Cabernet or a Merlot such as plums and blackcurrants, but come on guys, class it up a bit, add some glitter or something.
The wine itself was a very dark red, you couldn’t even see through it. The smell was strong, ridiculously strong actually. It smelt like a hangover, or a barrel of wine that had been left open for several life times. The taste was harsh – the box even mentions that it is a soft red, it’s not soft it’s hard, it’s hard for sure. The fruit was there, but… it’s not great. It is definitely not an easy wine to get through and the taste lingers in your mouth for as long as that wine barrel was left open. Also, high tannins, this is the first time I’ve noticed them so good for me.
The one pro is that it is pretty alcoholic, so you definitely get your money’s worth in that respect.
Overall… ehh. If you like Merlots give it a go, but I doubt you’ll enjoy it. I don’t know what I’m going to do with a whole cask. Probably make Sangria.