Blazevi Merlot 2017

This was my second Slovenian red wine of the night in the little wine bar by the side of Lake Bled on a lovely summer evening. This time I moved to another well known red wine grape variety Merlot.

Those of you who have read my blog for a while may be aware of my tastebuds ongoing battle with tannins in red wine. Sometimes when I drink a tannic red wine all I get is a sour taste that overwhelms all other flavours. I’ve always associated this with high levels of tannins. However as I learn more about wine I’m beginning to wonder if I’m maligning the tannins unfairly. I think the acidity levels are also in play here, and that it’s not only the level of tannins and acids but how well integrated they are into the wine.

This wine is a classic case in point. I’ve always been told that whilst Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot both have higher levels of tannins, it is usually lower in the Merlot than the Cab Sav when both are grown in similar regions.

So when I moved onto the Merlot from the Blazevi Winery I was expecting it to be a bit smoother than their Cabernet Sauvignon. But this was not to be.

It was by now too dark to see the colour of the wine, but it had a medium intensity scent of red fruit and wet forest (think blend of damp wood, earth and stone)

A dry wine with medium body, higher acidity than last wine and medium tannins.

I got some of the red fruit flavour but mainly I struggled with the sour flavour many red wines taste to me, which overwhlemed all other flavours. I was drinking with two other ladies who did not have this problem. Neither were regular wine drinkers but both agreed that the Cabernet Sauvignon was tastier than the Merlot.

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Name: Blazevi Merlot
Colour: Red
Year: 2017
Grapes Merlot
Winery: Kmetija-Blaževi
Country: Slovenia
Region: Goriska Brda
Quality Classification: Controlled Geographoc Origin
Alcohol: 14%
Price: €3 per glass in the bar

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