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Friday Reviews: Bordeleau Vineyards 2006 Merlot

January 8, 2010
Traminette vines in winter

Traminette vines in winter

Welcome to the Free State Wine Project’s first ever wine review, a weekly look at local wines from the Mid-Atlantic region. Those familiar with wine blogs will know that little agreement exists on the best format of such discussions, so I’m just going to jump in and we’ll see how things evolve over time. If there’s something you like, or maybe don’t like, leave a comment!

So without further delay, let’s take a closer look at this offering from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Bordeleau Vineyards represents the growing wine production movement in Maryland’s historically agricultural Eastern Shore region. Their 2006 Merlot, which we purchased at the 2009 Maryland Wine Festival, is a dry, medium-bodied red that’s ideal for sipping or pairing with mild foods. Cherry notes with a cool, velvety finish offer an ideal “appetizer” experience that matches well with cheeses or fruit but would likely find itself overpowered by anything with a lot of flavor.

I enjoyed it with Camembert cheese and blackberries; the fruit matched well, but the cheese seemed a bit on the strong side for this wine. Pasta or seafood would make good companions here, but probably not red meats (disclosure: I went vegetarian 2 years ago, so that’s based on memory alone).

Elyse’s take: I liked this at the wine festival; right out of the bottle at home it took some aerating and a plain fruit (i.e., bananas instead of blackberries) before I could enjoy it.

You can find Bordeleau wines throughout Maryland, but our out-of-state readers are out of luck: their website lists no distribution beyond the State line. Don’t even think about shipping; Maryland bars all wine shipments to or from the state. Find them on the web at

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