Enate, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

(2023) From vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this blend of two Bordeaux varieties is aged for six months in French and American oak barrels, with a further 12 months in bottle before release. Part of my reason for choosing it is that last week's WOTW was also a Cabernet/Merlot blend from 2019, but the two couldn't be more different. The colour here shows some development, with a hint of brick at the rim. The nose shows that too, a soft, tomato-leaf note before tobacco spiced cherry and plum. In the mouth plenty of thick, rich blackcurrant sweetness, the 15% alcohol adding to the full-bodied character, oak spice filling in and a decent cherry acidity. Reminiscent of Rioja as well as a Right Bank Bordeaux, at £9.99 it could be a good shout for summer barbecues. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.

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