Wine of the Week: Merlot/Cabernet Franc

ghfkrvlxk8c-jez-timmsThis week’s wine is particularly special because it’s an older, aged bottle. Aging wine can get tricky because there is a specific process to aging them. First, you must know the wine well so that you exactly how long to age it. Second, you must turn the bottle every once in awhile to prevent the sediments from collecting in one spot for too long. This wine was aged just right. Let’s get started:

  1. Vintage- 1998
  2. Producer- Saint-Emilion
  3. Varietal- 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
  4. Region- Bordeaux
    1. Sub Region- Saint-Emilion
    2. Country- France

From the famous right and left banks of Bordeaux, this wine comes from the right bank.

From first glance, this wine is not at all clear. It has a dark, concentrated color with almost a copper red hue on the rim. From swirling, I could tell that this wine has a low viscosity. The only fruity aroma I could get out of it is cranberries — possibly dried cranberries. Other aromas I got out of this wine is dried rose petals, a lot of cedar, maybe mushrooms, and a hint of cinnamon. Overall, this wine has a a very earthy smell and is spice-driven. In my glass, I could still see that it contains sediment.

On the palate, this wine is very dry (just the way I like it). It has a medium alcohol content level at about 12.5%.

As far as food pairings, this dish would go very well with any dish that has mushrooms. Possible a mushroom risotto or a marsala dish with mushrooms.

This bottle is priced at $60.