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108 Ratings
Barefoot Cellars Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

Founded in 1986, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey introduced Barefoot Cellars wines. "We loved the name and the concept of being barefoot and living the carefree lifestyle," stated Harvey. They launched the brand with two varietals, Barefoot California Cabernet Sauvignon and Barefoot California Sauvignon Blanc, both in the 1.5 Liter size. In early 1992, Barefoot Chardonnay was added to the Barefoot repertoire and Barefoot White Zinfandel in late 1993. The wines were recognized by awards, acclaimed wine writers and repeat customers. "We couldn't keep up with the demand which meant that it was time to grow the staff and add more 'Barefooters' to our team! We started working more directly with distributors, hiring merchandisers and sales people," stated Houlihan. Jennifer Wall, Barefoot Winemaker, was hired in September of 1995. "Barefoot California wines are perfect as everyday dinner wines for wine connoisseurs of all levels of experience," comments Wall. "The wines are affordable, varietally correct, soft and approachable and are immediately ready to drink off the shelf."

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    Aroma: clove overtone, pepper Taste: caramel (front), syrup, blackberry, raspberry - slightly astringent finish Well rounded - smooth

    almost 2 years
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    very dry, strong flavors of plum with currants. finish has some pepper to it.

    over 5 years
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    Harsh & cheap tasting

    about 5 years
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    stained my teeth!

    about 7 years