“The wine smells of a Venetian cathedral.” This is how Oz Clarke commented the new cuvee of Laguna from Poreč in Istria, made from Merlot and Teran from 2013. The name of the wine is still not known, nor when it will be on the market. The only known fact is that it is a super-premium Laguna wine, most probably not to be sold under the Festigia brand used for their superior wines. This cuvee simply belongs to the highest order of wines.
On the nose it contains elements of resin and incense, with strong, pure scents of dark fruits and evident, balsamic nuances. Such a complex bouquet came from the drying of a smaller number of grapes and due to the co-fermentation of red grapes with Malvazija, and in the most part due to the special positions from which Laguna’s chief oenologist Milan Budinski selected grapes for this sensational, still unnamed wine, confirming Istria is in its superior international range actually a land of red wines.
The cuvee of Merlot and Teran shines with a deep Teran purple, while in the mouth it is smooth, slightly restrained, slightly exotic and endlessly elegant. Besides the great and unusual cuvee, last Saturday at Vinistra we also tasted several new Laguna red wines.
Merlot Festigia 2015 is a generous fruity wine, which will easily find an abundant audience. Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a serious, firm, slightly austerely structured, with exceptional precise variety aromas, but also with a freshness and flowery herbal elements coming from a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. Castello 2015 is balanced, elegant and simply beautiful and for the price of 70-80 kuna a great value for money.
In the end we tasted Cabernet Riserva 2011. It is an ultimately great, still young wine, dominated by strong but ripe tannins, the freshness of the left bank of Bordeaux and perfectly clear aromas and tastes: this wine needs to be aged another twenty years. And Laguna never had a better assortment of red wines.
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