Barone Fini Trentino Merlot 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A “Not Bad” Merlot.

Producer/Winery: Nosio SPA; Mezzocorona, Italy.

Grape Variety: Merlot.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Trentino, Italy.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $8.99 (with a 25% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: Harris Teeter Grocery Store; Kernersville, North Carolina.

Paired With: French onion chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots.


    Note: Every now and again we purchase wine from the grocery store when we find a good sale. Generally we try to get non-domestic brands simply because we have been disappointed so frequently with sweet, poor quality wines, especially the reds. However, occasionally we discover a real winner…a wine with excellent quality that’s sold at a very low price. Following is a review of one of those sale-price “pig in a poke” grocery store wines.

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just clear inky dark garnet color with a light purple rim. Quite fruity aromas. Fresh and soft mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Ripe and juicy blackberry, cherry and tart current fruit flavors with sage and peppery spice in the background. Gobs of bright acidity, very soft tannins that did grow but are surprisingly smooth in the medium length slightly bitter finish. WOW, not nearly as rich as South American Merlot or bold as American Merlot. The dominant acidity is really the characteristic of this Merlot. Drinkable, but lacking much of the Merlot qualities found in most similar priced wines. We called it a “Not Bad” Merlot.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Thin aluminum covered 45mm reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 0 31259 02192 8

Imported by: Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits; Stamford, Connecticut.