Friday, January 2, 2015

Review: ***+ $ Mezzacorona Merlot, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Sister-wine to a pinot grigio, we are sampling a value-priced merlot from the Dolomiti region of northeastern Italy.

Original tasting and review, three years from vintage date , February, 2012: This is Mezzacorona Merlot, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2009, finished at 13% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows smoky fruit with distinct ripe plum elements.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and easy-going.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact slightly sweet and bright on the mid-palate, with bright percolating acids at the edges.  Shows cherries and ripe plums.  Modestly lingering finish. 

In summary: Overall, tasty experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Great value at its price point.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Softer deep plums on the nose.  Bright yet fuller on the palate, with a richness that wasn't apparent on the initial opening.  Gains a plus for friendliness.  Best  value.
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Updated tasting and review, three years later, now six years from vintage date , January, 2015: Consistent color and aroma.  Same sweet, fresh blueberry  and pie on the palate too.  Holding steady and proud with age.   

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. Always good to have some good affordable bottles on hand!
    -Sharon
    http://redorwhitewinereviews.blogspot.com/

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