Lacerta Merlot Reserva 2011. Who aerate his wine?

I was tempted by a good friend to try this Merlot Rezerva as being very interesting and one of the best Lacerta label. So, few months back, I bought a bottle and these days was its turn to be poured into the glass.

If I judge it only after the simple and rapid process of uncork it — pour it — drink it I would have said is totally unbalanced. Candied fruits, a lovely and un-expected sweaty horsey smell, coffee and rum. Having in mind the 14,6% number from the label as alcohol level, you can also strongly feel it. In the mouth, it is coming very shy but ending like a monster, very fruity, sweet, warm, round and smooth.
 Drink it after one day aeration in the bottle, in the fridge, is a totally different wine. Yes, the dried fruits, the horsey smell is still there (I’m still wondering where is coming from) but now it have a line, an equilibrium, it is easier to drink even if the alcohol level is still there, in my mind.

The question is how many of us is aerating such wine and for how long?

I would say the standard, the most common behaviour is coming home after an exhausting day at the corporation, have (or not) some friends visiting, open a bottle of wine, have some dinner, have a glass or two, go to bed. Or a similar scenario at the restaurant.

But how many of us say “hm, I would open this bottle of Lacerta Merlot Rezerva 2011 now, early in the morning, because this evening I want to enjoy it”. Or “yes, I would like to make a reservation for 4 for tomorrow 7:00 PM and please open today already a bottle of 72 lei (16 EUR, retail price) Lacerta Merlot Rezerva 2011 for us”.

Except me and few other geeks, I would say anyone.

So, in general, what’s the point doing a wine in this range which requires hours of aeration?

Originally published at on December 23, 2015.

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