Merlot 2004 Laguna wine growing region of west Istria
Merlot 2004 Laguna
West Istrian wine growing region
Merlot – red grape variety that is grown with equal success in the northern and southern regions of Croatia, originally comes from the area around Bordeaux, France. Because of its yield and resilience it spread around the winegrowing world. It came to the Porec wine growing region in the early 1970’s. The vineyard location of Porec from the orographic point of view is specific for the mildly rolling configuration of the red terrain that gradually climbs in a small space towards east and the continent, reaching the elevation of 260 meters in the area of Vizinada. This is also a border where the red soil becomes flysch. In the coastal area, the soil is mostly red, while in the center of the peninsula it is white.
Of the total 2.500 hectares of vineyards in Porec area, the vineyards of Agrokor’s company Agrolaguna cover almost 300 hectares with their own white and red varieties (Istrian Malmsey, Teran, Muscat, Burgundy...)
Merlot Laguna 2004 is not a particularly impressive wine in the way many great wines made from this variety in France or California are (where it is being increasingly planted in the past couple of years). They are much more lavish, richer and more complex, and appropriately expensive. However, this wine is specific for more than a favorable price to quality ratio. Despite a somewhat tired fragrance, the wine shows very good consistency. The taste is dry, somewhat raw, but not as empty as one would expect from its fragrance. The aftertaste is flat and short, but you can’t expect a longer persistence of taste sensations from such a wine. This is a light wine (11.7 per cent of alcohol by volume) that is very smooth and easily purchased.
Best paired with
: harder cheeses, Istrian smoked ham, gnocchi with venison and grilled fish.
Recommended serving temperature
: around HRK 40