A.GERE | Solus | Kopar Dulo | 2017
merlot

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Attila Gere visited Tuscany in 1998 when Tibor Gál was the head winemaker of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, and there he had the chance to sample the legendary Masseto from the barrels. The wine impressed him so much, that from that day, he decided to make a single varietal, single vineyard merlot wine from Villány. The sub-mediterranean climate in the Villány region was identified as the perfect spot for his new project. Kopar vineyard became the chosen place, being the southest vineyard in Hungary – a warm area, enhanced by the stony-rich soils that radiates heat back to the vine during the night, which in turn helps the grapes accumulate the much-desired acidity.

Today we are going to review a single varietal merlot wine from the famous Villány region in the south of Hungary, which is Hungary’s most famous wine region for red wines – Solus Kopar Dulo 2017 by Gere Attila Winery. Merlot is usually regarded as the underdog to the highly priced cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc varieties, but make no mistake, merlot wine is first class as it is more versatile and ripens earlier than both cabernet grapes, responds well to oak ageing and can be grown in both, cool climate and warm climate with the same success. Solus (which translated from Latin means “unique” and which also contains “sol”, meaning “sun“) is made only in the best vintages with grapes that are sourced from the iconic Kopár vineyard. It is fermented in large, wooden vats and aged in new, specially tailored hungarian oak barriques for 16 to 18 months, followed by at least one year of bottle ageing. Before starting the elevage process for the whole lot, Attila Gere tested separately many different coopers in order to understand which barrel is best suited for the Solus wine, thus creating a specifically tailored barrel, Larus, that is made of carefully selected, extra tight grain Quercus Petraea oakwood that was seasoned a minimum of 24 months and is uniquely toasted based on a combination of temperature, time and water, which reduces the barrel impact and increases the length and vibration of the wine. That said and without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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//Visual
colour: deep & opaque ruby color
clarity: hazy garnet shades on the rim

compound
//Olfactory

intensity: powerful & noble
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black plum | black cherry | blackberry | brumble
fruit character: ripe & overripe

//Flavor
non fruit: spice | oak | earthy
__spice: black pepper | tonka seeds | cloves | nutmeg
__oak: roasted oakwood | sweet tobacco | hints of liquorice
__earthy: gravel | slate | quartz
primary layer: fruit & oak

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//Palate
sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
balance: good
__dominant: alcohol
body: round & firm | full body

//Taste
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: spice & oak
finish: medium+
aftertaste: seedy-velvety

rate
//Scoring
A.GERE | Solus | Kopar Dulo | 2017

variety: merlot
country: Hungary
region: Villány
rating: 94.0

//Conclusion
maturity: developing | can age for 3 to 5 more years
verdict: great | a must try wine

//Prediction
RP rating: 90

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96x96This is definitely a great wine of Hungary and, with a total of 94.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a round and voluptuous merlot wine, definitely one of the finest we’ve tasted so far: noble, supple and rich – a wine that is still developing, therefore we would recommend to give it another 3 to 5 more years of bottle ageing, in order to allow it to develop further complexity and finesse. On the nose it displays an amazing varietal typicity, with a mixture of ripe and overripe black fruits in the foreground, followed by an oaky-spicy background and a very appealing, earthy layer in between the two. On the palate the wine delivers mouth-watering acidity, ripe and seedy tannins and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through on the mouthfeel, which evolves into a velvety-seedy aftertaste. All in all, this is a very elegant and well structured merlot wine, with well preserved varietal characteristics and a fruity-expressive profile – a wine that will pair nicely with barbequed or smoked meats, like for example pulled beef with stewed onions. Enjoy!

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