“Huberfeld” Merlot 2015 (St.Pauls)

Wine Card

There’s never been a better time to finally open my last bottle of Merlot “Huberfeld” 2015, that I left carefully aging to reach full maturity. I’ve tasted this vintage for the first time in the spring of 2018, during my usual wine selection tour in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Today, as then, I can appreciate its intriguing sensory profile, which pairs the featuring drinkability of merlot grape with the distinctive character of a wine that can really please even the most refined palates.

Wine Details
Name and appellation: “Huberfeld” Merlot Alto Adige DOC
Vintage: 2015
Producer: St. Pauls
Place of origin: Alto Adige (Italy)
Grape variety: Merlot
Alcohol strength: 13.5% vol.

Appreciation Profile
Type: dry red
Style: racy (lively and expressive)
Varietal wine alike: Corvina (Valpolicella, Ita), Montepulciano (Abruzzo, Ita)
Food pairings: roast beef, pasta with meat sauce
Aging potential: drink now
Best value (reviewed vintage): price range €13 – €15 (0,75 L)

Sensory Analysis
1) Appearance (visual evaluation)
Clarity: neat
Color: purplish red
Saturation: deep
2) Smell (olfactory evaluation)
Purity: definite
Fragrance: noticeable
Aroma (nose): fruity (cherry, soft fruits)
3) Flavor (gustatory evaluation)
Balance: accurate
Sapidity: mild
Taste: dry
Aroma (mouth): fruity (red and black berries), slightly oaky
Structure: supple
Texture: lean
4) Aftertaste (overall conclusion)
Mouthfeel: smooth
Finish: lasting
Fruit: mellow
Alcohol: brisk
Evolution: mature
Complexity: likeable