linuxdave — December 20, 2005, 1:09 pm

FishEye Merlot 2003

Fish Eye Merlot 2003
FishEye Merlot caught my eye at the supermarket yesterday when trying to find a good cheap wine to pair with my pasta and chicken dinner.

Nice and fruity, I think the strongest aroma was plum. This wine was a good match to my dinner, and a good value for $5.89. I’d like to try their Cab one of these days.

Also, be sure to check out the Fisheye Winery website. Lots of fun!

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Rating: 7/10
Price: $5.89
Winery Info:
Fisheye Winery
Ripon, CA


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  1. Comment by Steven Cochran @ December 28, 2005, 10:51 pm

    If you’re looking for a good cheap wine that will really surprise your palate and your wine sob frineds – try the Target Wine in a Cube Merlot. A 3 litre box cost about $14.00 and it will knock your socks off!

  2. Comment by Steven Cochran @ December 28, 2005, 10:55 pm

    I received a bottle of Fisheye Merlot as part of a Christmas package. As a former Riponite, I look forward to seeing how this wine “sizes” up. I hope it’s a keeper!

  3. Comment by Nate @ February 3, 2006, 11:44 am

    I just had the Cab from them. I bought it based on the price and review on this site. My wife and I enjoyed it! It started off a little hot but mellowed after being exposed longer. I probably should have chilled it down a little, 70 isn’t the best temp. Maybe if it was served closer to 60 it would have been better. Still for $6, it might be one of the better bottles at that price I have had.

  4. Comment by Anna @ February 15, 2006, 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the review! I keep seeing this one, but didn’t know anything about it. I’ll buy it based on what you’ve said.

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  6. Comment by Victoria @ May 11, 2006, 7:49 am

    A friend brought the Fish Eye Merlot over last weekend, and when we first opened it up it was a little rough. It tasted a little metallic…but after about 10 or 15 minutes in the glass it was okay. For $6 a bottle I’d have it again…

  7. Comment by Tom @ October 20, 2006, 9:48 pm

    i heard that this stuff was literally made from fisheyes and stuff like that but i dont know im gonna buy it and give it a try email me back if im wronge about the ingredients

  8. Comment by iQuack @ March 18, 2007, 11:30 pm

    Tried Fish Eye cabernet and it’s quite good–especially for the price which is currently under $6.

  9. Comment by Woochun @ September 8, 2007, 8:14 pm

    I tasted it on Delta flight from Seoul to Atlanta. I was impressed and googling “fisheye” let me meet your website. I agree to the comment of Victoria. It’s a bit rough and metallic but it became better as time went by. My favorite cheap Merlot is [Italian] Ecco Domani (Merlot) and please try it. I usually go to walmart to buy this. $8.95.

  10. Comment by David Karoly @ March 30, 2010, 7:27 pm

    The Fisheye 2007 merlot was very good. It is fruity and has a nice nose. The legs in the wine glass are long and clean. It complemented T-Bone steaks with baked potatoes and mixed vegetables quite nicely. It was my 55th birthday. I would drink it again on my 56th.

  11. Comment by rus @ September 11, 2011, 2:56 am

    I got this wine the other night from food lion when i was making steaks and fettucine alfredo for dinner and caesar salad and it went great with it!.

  12. Comment by efishinski @ October 23, 2011, 11:32 pm

    Our new favorite wine ,found it same price as franzia box reds, but tastes like real red wine. We are telling everyone , thank you for this awesome value !

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