Blend of the Week: Merlot + Rhône

The Wines

Clos des Miran 2010 Visan, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages
Mission Hill 2009 Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley

This merlot had been already open overnight when I brought home the Rhône and impulsively cracked its screw top. The Rhône had good plummy fruit in the forward palate with earth notes trailing. Great by itself. The merlot, with more time to breathe, still had a woodier, more earthy profile that overwhelmed the black fruit and felt a little hard on the the palate. Tannins abounded.

So, I decided to combine the two and see what would happen.

The Blend

First, I started with 2 parts merlot to 1 part Rhône and already things started lightening up. The Rhône lifted the fruit of the merlot and eased up the tannic effect. At a 1 to 1 ratio the blend became more complex with the toffee of the merlot showing bigger on the mid palate and the plum of the Rhone following to the finish.

The Conclusion

Overall, my blend was more approachable than the merlot by itself and more hearty than the Rhone alone.

Details

Clos des Miran 2010 Visan, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages
Alc 13.4% $15.99 at BC Liquor Stores

Mission Hill 2009 Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley
Alc 13.5% $24.99 at BC Liquor Stores

Blend of the Week is part of a new series here at Tasting Room Confidential, called Wine Blending at Home. 
To fulfill my philosophy that you can improve a bottle of wine by blending it with something else, I will be 
offering real-life experiences of blending wine at home. Please share them!

Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Studio.com. Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

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