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We continue to review Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we think that the time has come to switch back to the grape variety which grows in the shadow of the great cabernet sauvignon – the often underrated merlot wine. Because it is a bit less tannic and easier to pair with food, merlot is wrongly considered a cheaper alternative to cabernet sauvignon. Without further ado, the wine that we’ve chosen for tonight’s tasting is Merlot 2011 from Mezalimpe.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a clear garnet color, it is dense and opaque, with the rim-color of a noble ruby shade.
The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear notes of red and black fruits: candied sour cherry, dried cherry, black plum, black currant, overripe pomegranate, black cherry, red apple and black mulberry. A bit later comes the tertiary aromas with notes of wormwood, red olive, black tea and the mesmerizing aroma of smoked wood.
The wine is medium-dry but quite wide, with just some hints of residual sugar left after fermentation. With high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin, the wine tastes seedy, fruit-forward and a bit woody. The overall balance is fair, the wine tastes a bit bitter and a bit opulent, but quite friendly and extracted.
The wine has a medium and velvety finish, with an accented bitter-seedy aftertaste, which cuts sharp through greasy food.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Last but not least, we would like to mention that it is quite tricky for a small winemaker to show up on the market with a single variety, premium quality merlot wine. It is part because merlot lacks a little bit of personality when compared to cabernet sauvignon, and part because it is wrongly considered a lower quality wine. But, paradoxically, in Moldova it is the merlot, not cabernet sauvignon, the one that gets more appreciation and more sales. We wounder why, maybe because a good merlot wine is equal to any premium quality wine on the market these days, but we digress – all we know is that this wine is worth at least a try.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Merlot | 2011
grape: | merlot |
overall rating: | 88.7 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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