Chevalier de Dyonis Merlot Feteasca Neagra Reserve 2007, Romania


Merlot is a variety that gets blended with just about every other grape in the world, and the Romanian wine makers at Chevalier de Dyonis have successfully blended itwith the indigenous Feteasca Neagra. On the nose I pick some preserved cherries and wet oak. Dry as it goes in and silkier than a typical Grenache Syrah Merlot concoction this wine, initially, has a really great mouthfeel. Cherries, then black currants followed by dried apricot work the tongue. I find that silky mouthfeel lasts almost too long and after the generous fruit washes away, you still have this mouth coating sensation. That having been said, this is a relatively cheap wine and it does offer an interesting and new piece of the infinite wine puzzle. What separates this wine from “fine wine” is that the complexity of its components seem thrown together as opposed to designed and ordered. Now that the weather is getting cooler in the northern hemisphere, look up your favourite Goulash recipe.

Musical Match: REM’s Losing My Religion. REM take the classic blend of accoustic rock, throw in a little mandolin, and poof they have a very original blend. Enjoy.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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