Scarbolo Friuli Merlot 2011

I spotted this well priced Italian merlot on a restaurant list.  Friuli is in north eastern Italy bordering Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east.  I didn’t write too much down as the wine disappeared quickly.  Cool climate, but not unripe.  Plums, plum skins and a wonderful textured palate.  Certainly more interesting than many Australian interpretations of this at times maligned grape (see my earlier musings here).  (Region: Friuli, North Eastern Italy, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now, Tasted: May, 2017)

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