Good Wines: Puntay Merlot Reserva (DOC)
Puntay Merlot Reserva DOC (2008), Erste + Neue, Caldaro (BZ), Italy.
In the mid 1900s, two vineyards, Erste (first) and Neue (new), joined forces to form Erste + Neue, the first wine co-operative in the area with 100+ years of experience handling the grape. Today, E+N manages the wine economy and trade for 430 area vineyards. E+N sits along the prestigious Strada del Vino (Road of Wine) and its picturesque namesake lake (Lago di Caldara) in the Alto Adige (South Tyrol) of northern Italy.
Puntay Merlot Reserva DOC (2008) is an intense garnet red (14% alcohol) that overflows with fragrances of blackberries and black cherries with soft touches of vanilla. This delicious dry red has well-defined tannins and a long-lasting finish. It pairs perfectly with roasted meats, pastas in thick meat sauces, and aged cheeses.
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