Yali, Wild Swan Merlot, from Chile

So first sniff of this awesomely labeled red wine shoes promise!  

It has a great vanilla and oak notes. Even with a slightly stuffy nose I got little hint of fruit. But all the promise of a fun and tasty wine was dashed once actually tasting it. 

First taste reminds me of vanilla water. 

So I gave it a little air. (Twirled the glass)

That woke it up a bit. Brought out the oak but still pale when it came to the fruit. 

Then I got out the big gun. The wine aerator!

Post aerator, balance nose and waaay more oak! Still pale in the finish but a change nevertheless. 

Luckily it was only 4.99 at the Grocery Outlet in Arlington WA

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