Tappero Merlo Cuvee des Paladins 2013
Cuvee des Paladins is a touch darker than Champagne, due to the Erbaluce grape. Immediately noticeable is the super-soft mousse forming from an ultra fine perlage. The nose is multi-faceted and quite complex, with yellow apple (Erbaluce signature) and grapefruit hiding behind a mineral veil. Also evident are characteristics derived from bottle age, such as pizza crust, almonds and struck flint. Finally, there is a touch of savory herbs, like sage and thyme. The palate has a beautiful foamy mouthfeel which makes the wine almost weightless. It is full bodied but soft. The finish, or almost incalculable length, leave you with a strong mineral imprint, coupled with a refreshing citrus twist. There is a chalkiness to it that makes you smile after each sip.