Here is a young Merlot for #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.
On the nose, black plums, blackcurrants, cherries, light wood, Indian spices, licorice, chocolates, earth, black pepper and light alcohol.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, mint, red currants, oak, smoke, spices, coffee, pencil lead, earth and herbs.
Tart finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.
This is a nice Merlot from Bordeaux. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but a little hot.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the beautiful nose. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.
This 7 year old is still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A little unbalanced at this point, and better with food.
Wine Enthusiasts 90 points. Thank you Wendy for sharing.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers (Brie and Camembert).
A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 65% new French oak barrels.
13.5% alcohol by volume.