WINERY: Castello Vicchiomaggio // REGION: Tuscany, Italy // GRAPES: 100% Merlot
The Italian winery Castello Vicchiomaggio in Tuscany produces this prestigious vintage. Characterized by an intense violet color, the Castello Vicchiomaggio FSM 2006 is considered one of the best Merlot of the Alpine country. It boasts aromas of red fruits as well as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. On the palate, it is tasty, elegant and pleasant. Thanks to its high-quality tannins, it is persistent and balanced, with a perfect harmony between the fruity flavors and hints of vanilla and oak from the barrels where it was aged.
WINERY: Bodega Can Ràfols dels Caus // REGION: Penedés, Spain // GRAPES: 100% Merlot
The soil where these merlot grapes are cultivated has a clayey and calcareous quality. The Caus Lubis Magnum 1997 is a rich and complex wine, made with care and large doses of pampering until it reaches its peak. With an intense maroon color and purple hues, it delivers pleasing aromas of native plants, but also of red plums, blackberries, and wild berries, with hints of leather. In the mouth, it is rich and long with nuances of black fruits such as cherries and currants. The end is impetuous, robust, fleshy and warm. This is wine to drink slowly, enjoying every sip.
WINERY: Henschke // REGION: Adelaide Hills, Australia // GRAPES: 68% merlot and 32% cabernet sauvignon
The Henschke Abbotts Prayer Merlot Cabernet 2010 has an intense crimson color. This wine captivates for its dark aromas of wild fruits, berries, and ripe red currants, along with forest herbs, hints of toasted oak, black chocolate, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is powerful and impetuous, with notes of dark fruit, blackberries, violets and spices. Its finish is lingering, friendly and delicate, something that only a good wine with character can achieve. ■