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Franc Arman Merlot 2009 (Vrhunsko)

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Tasting Notes

The 2009 is the second Merlot Vintage from Franc Arman and is a superb example of the wine - declared by the Croatian authorities as Vrhunsko, a Supreme Quality wine. Very soft and easy to drink on its own or with food such as steaks, but also goes well with roast turkey. Very well balanced and a long complex finish.

"This Merlot has an extremely distinctive and deep ruby colour with mild purple reflections. It is exciting even when one just looks at it.

In a still glass, at first this wine has an aroma of raspberry and blackcurrant, typical of Merlot. When the glass is rotated the wine releases an array of other different aromas: wood seasonings and spices.

Wood in this Merlot is balanced so it is not prevailing. Consequently, at the second sniff, one smells the aroma of cedar as well as of plenty of berry fruits. By sitting in a glass the wine decants itself, and thus opens up and becomes more and more attractive on the nose.

The taste will only reconfirm this distinctive aroma. Its retro-nasal taste is extremely strong, harmonic and long-lasting. Mineralisation of this wine is interesting, which is due to the soil where it grows. Its freshness also comes from the combination of red and white soil. The Merlot “educated” in this manner has a good potential for aging and it is gastronomically adaptable to many culinary dishes."


Tasting notes by Sandi Paris (Champion Sommelier from Pula, Istria) on 2008 vintage. Croatian available on request.

The 2009 vintage is just as excellent.

Excellent with red meat and roast turkey.

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Details

The Merlot vines grow right at the top of the south side of the Mirna Valley in ‘rust’ red terra rossa soil over a layer of limestone rock on a gentle slope.
The wine has been aged in large oak barrels developing the beautiful rich flavours and the softness of the wine.
The climate is ideal for producing wines with a full expression of fruit. Hot summers with rain throughout the year keep the landscape verdant even in the height of summer as there are frequent thunder storms There is rarely snow in the winter, which are generally mild to cold as the Adriatic Sea stabilises the climate of coastal regions.

Franc Arman Merlot 2009 (Vrhunsko).

  • Price: £21.50 - In stock
  • Brand: Franc Arman
  • Color: Red
  • Model: Merlot

Additional Information

SKU FA-Merlot-2009
Country of Origin Croatia
Wine Region Istria and Kvarner
Producer Website www.francarman.hr
Wine Colour Red
Grape Variety Merlot
Organic Wine No
Sweetness Dry
Vintage 2009
Volume 750ml
ABV % 14.0
Residual Sugar Level (g/l) 2.1
Free SO2 mg/l 10
Total SO2 mg/l 78
Total Dry Extract g/l 29.5
Total Acidity g/l 5.6
Volatile Acidity g/l 0.57
Citric Acidity mg/l No

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