I used to consider myself a Cabernet Sauvignon type of girl. I loved the rich red hues, bold flavors, and the security of what to expect when ordering a glass of wine when out at a restaurant, but recently my taste have changed. Now I would say that I gravitate more towards Merlot and Pinot Noirs (which is unfortunate because of the Pinot's more expensive price tag), but I find these two reds range of taste more broad, and usually more enjoyable as well.
The wine for this post, Buffalo Grove California Merlot, was purchased by the Hubs at the Total Wine, priced at $5.99, and handed over to me with a look in my husbands eye that said, "I hope this doesn't suck" (that look generally accompanies his wine choices). This look mostly stems from the fact the Hubs chooses completely based on labels alone, and this particular bottle has a picture of a Buffalo on it, why this buffalo interested him, well....your guess is as good as mine.
I was lucky that the wine was a Merlot, it could have been a red table wine or Beaujolais for all the Hubs knows, so when I thanked him and said, "Nice, a Merlot," he smiled and replied, "Oh, is that what it is?" I guess it's the sort-of thought that counts in this case.
The reverse side of the Buffalo Grove Merlot's label is kind of ridiculous, the writer tells a tale of how the majestic buffalo (as in the animal) searched out the best places to live and feed, and in a similar nature, this wine maker exhausted themselves to find "artisan" grapes to create their Merlot (wow, I think a description of the wines taste would have been sufficient, but someone was feeling creative).
I twisted off the Buffalo Grove Merlot's cap, poured it into my glass, and noticed immediately...to finish reading if the Buffalo Grove Merlot is worthy of your hard earned six bucks, visit me here: A Middle-Class Mama's Wine Review