Rodica "Tuške Reserve" 2015

Blend of Istrian Refosco / Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
A still red wine from the Istria region of Slovenia.

Complex and evolved. Coffee, sandal wood, clove.

Tasting Notes

This Tuške Reserve 2015 has a deep ruby colour with garnet rim.

On the nose it has a gentle note of dry rose and violet petals, it then becomes deeper with underwood, leather, sandal wood, clove. A very evolved side is also there with varnish and under spirit cherry.

The mouthfeel is warm and full body. The tannins are still grippy but not unpleasantly so. I would love to try this wine in 5 years from now!

On the palate I find coffee, sandal wood and leather.

The finish has a bitter note ad is long, warm and spicy.

Score 93

My score / points

Rodica  "Tuške Reserve" 2015
Tuške Reserve (2015) Review
Estate making Tuške Reserve Estate Rodica
Tuške Reserve (2015) Label Tuške Reserve
Style of Tuške Reserve Style Red & Still
Country of Rodica Country Slovenia
Region of Rodica Region Istria
Grape blend of Tuške Reserve Grapes Istrian Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage of Tuške Reserve Vintage 2015
My review of Tuške Reserve Points

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Dark blue-colored variety of wine-making grape

Merlot is a dark blue–colored wine grape variety that can be used to produce both blending and varietal wines. Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French word for a blackbird, which is most likely a reference to the grape’s color. Merlot is a common grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which appears to be higher in tannin, due to its softness and “fleshiness” combined with its earlier ripening.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Red-wine variety of grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most well-known red wine grape varieties in the world. It is grown in nearly every major wine-producing region, in a wide range of climates, from the Okanagan Valley in Canada to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon. Cabernet Sauvignon rose to popularity as a result of its use in Bordeaux wines, where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The grape spread through Europe and into the New World, settling in places like California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Napa Valley, Hawkes Bay, South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, Australia’s Margaret River and Coonawarra valleys, and Chile’s Maipo Valley and Colchagua. It was the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape for most of the twentieth century, before Merlot overtook it in the 1990s. By 2015, however, Cabernet Sauvignon had reclaimed its place as the most widely planted wine grape, with 341,000 hectares (3,410 km2) under vine globally.

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