RKS 2023 Wine: Italian Merlot Could be the Change You Need!

It is not frequently we encounter Italian Merlot as a single varietal in Canada. So we have a chance now with a somewhat unique Terre Magre Merlot from Friuli.

Aroma: Black cherry, blackberry and cola with some intensity.

Palate: A robust aroma for a wine does not always equate with a robust wine! Not much in the way of tannins at first but they do move up a notch once the wine has aerated a bit. Rather light. The fruit is light with some notes of blueberry, cherry and mocha. A bit of sweetness on the short finish which is attributable to a small portion of the grapes being dried and crushed 60 days later. The lack of oak gives the wine a lighter and cleaner profile than an oaked Merlot.

Personality: Perhaps you love full bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or a Carmenére and good on you but it is a welcome change to lighten up your glass with a Merlot like me. I am easy going and rather light bodied and don’t they say that a change is as good as a rest?

Food match: Spanish octopus for sure https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/259483/spanish-octopus/?utm_source=emailshare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mobilesharebutton2

Cellarbility: You could happily rest this for a couple of years but there is certainly no harm in consuming now. I do not believe ageing will improve the wine.

Price: $22.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 91/100. Jamessuckling.com 90.

(Terre Magre 2021 D.O.C. Friuli, Piera Martellozzo San Quirino, Italy, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 29821).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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