Sometimes you come across something astonishing, unexpected, and utterly delightful. So it was with this wine.
The 2012 De Salis St. EM M is a wine I enjoyed when I visited Orange a few years back, and I took a few bottles home. The name is a bit tough, which is why I think this label has been discontinued. St. EM is meant to stand for St. Emilion, M for Merlot. This wine is in fact a blend with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but it does not taste anything like a right bank blockbuster Bordeaux.
This is a light- to medium-bodied wine, but it fills the mouth nicely. The wine is still fresh and vibrant, brimming with redcurrant, raspberry fruit and white pepper. Fine tannins help with the balance. While this is a lighter wine, more like a Pinot Noir, it has good depth as well. This Merlot blend is intriguing and fabulous to drink.