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Norma Jeane Merlot

Norma Jeane Merlot – winery site

Norma Jean Merlot 6

When I purchased this bottle of 2014 Norma Jeane Merlot I figured it was merely a gimmick.  Technically it is, but at the same time the wine fits Norma Jeane.

It is very pleasant on the tongue and has a burst of, what I can only describe as, excitement.  Perhaps it is my imagination, but this wine has the most amazing aftertaste.

Norma Jean Merlot 7

I would serve this wine with dinner with the expectation of a laugh from any wine expert.  I think your guests will be happy with the flavor.

I give this one a 4/5 that leans towards a full 5.

King’s Estate Pinot Gris

King Estate Pinot Gris bottle

King’s Estate – Pinot Gris

Awful, truly one of the worst wines I have had that hadn’t turned to vinegar.  I tried 2 different bottles just to make sure it wasn’t a bad bottle or just me.  King’s Estate has a fantastic Pinot Noir, but this Pinot Gris is horrid.

Seriously, do not buy this particular wine.  I cannot understand how one company can make 2 wines on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but as much as their Pinot Noir is great, their Pinot Gris is terrible.

I poured this wine out and I suspect you would too.

1/5 stars on the Linda Scale.

Do not serve this wine to anyone.

R and R

R R full bottle

R and R

Not a very good wine.

2/5 stars on the Linda Scale

This wine has a slight bite, but somehow it is completely ok.  It is probably just a bit dry.  1 glass is ok, but 2 glasses is a bit much.

Overall I would not recommend this wine.  It isn’t something you can fully enjoy.  You would not want to serve it to guests since you would need to cut them off after one glass.

Magna Terra

Magna Terra

Magna Terra with guests

This Pinot Noir is pretty good.

4/5 stars on the Linda Scale.

This is a fairly dark wine.  It has a strong smell, with an intense fruit flavor.  It is slightly dry, but not bitter.

Overall I liked this wine.  I would say it is dinner worthy especially with a piece of red meat.


Cruz Garcia Real Sangria

Cruz Garcia Real Sangria

This is probably the best all in one Sangria that you will ever find.  It is super smooth and sweet.

5/5 stars on the Linda Scale.

I love opening a bottle of this Sangria, peeling an orange, and pouring the cool liquid over the sweet fruit.  The orange soaks up some of the alcohol making it easy to finish a few glasses.  When you are ready eat the fruit and let the sweet juices numb your lips.

It is such a great experience.  I am not sure I would serve this at dinner, but after dinner or just out on the patio with friends, definitely.

How to make a Real Sangria drink.


D'Autrefois Pinot Noir
D’Autrefois Pinot Noir


This Pinot Noir is good I guess.  I guessed wrong.

2/5 stars on the Linda Scale.

The following notes are short and tend to be quickly taken after a quick sampling in the evening.

D’Autrefois, I didn’t take any notes on this one, but I think I rather liked it.  There are no negatives about this one that I can remember.  I kind of wish I had another bottle to try right now.  On the other hand it isn’t memorable.  I am going to take that as a very good sign.  A drinking wine that isn’t too much of anything.

I am downgrading this wine from a non-memorable 4 to a 2.  The tart cherry flavor in it does not make this wine a crowd favorite.  I took this wine to a party very excited to share it and it did not go over well.

I myself could only manage to drink a single glass.  This was a very disappointing wine.



Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012
Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

This 2012 Pinot Noir at $11.99 is not very good.

2/5 on the Linda Scale.

The following notes are short and tend to be quickly taken after a quick sampling in the evening.

Acrobat has a slight bite to it.  Slight headache the next day.  Taste is not worth the headache.

I would not serve this at dinner.