Beringer Main and Vine NV Merlot, $4.00-$6.00, 84+ points, poured a bright sienna color with a very broad clear wine ring and a lightly draped glass bowl.
Shy aromas were toasty, herbal, and nuanced with a blueberry note.
Medium-bodied (a bit cloying) with barely fair acidity and easy tannins carried okay flavors of red raspberry, blueberry, and a hint of citrus.
Finished okay on easy spices, a hint of red licorice, mint, and a restrained 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with our loaded pizza.
I bought this Merlot at the Market Basket of Bedford.
Comments: Reminded me of what I'd call an 'industrial' wine which was sufficiently tasty and serviceable for large gatherings or events; won't wow anyone, but might just save your budget (QPR was good).
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