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D’Aquino Reserve Merlot review

Naked Wines' D'Aquino Merlot: simple label with cursive typography and traditional crest

Bang! That’s my boy, Naked, that’s my boy. A confident, bold, self-possessed Merlot. Merlot with dignity. Not gutter-Merlot that grasps at your ankles, wheedling and baring its rotten teeth in the terrifying semblance of a smile, reeking of cheap sweet perfume.

(Oh Merlot. Poor maligned, abused Merlot.)

No. For whilst D’Aquino certainly throws up a bountiful snoutful of smells, cheap sweet perfume is not amongst them. Because this Merlot smells good.

Once you snatch it away from your nose and get it down you, you’ll encounter that familiar softness that can (at times) be Merlot’s own worst enemy. That voluptuousness that so easily goes to seed. But here it’s soft yet taut. Fleshy, springy, grabbable without being podgy. Very, very appealing.

Deliciously fruity, it’s backed up (and balanced) with a thrilling savagery. A coffee bitterness, a sprightly, sexy little kick of petulance. And a dab of oak immediately to caress away the resultant bruise.

Verdict

Interesting that this (I’ll come out and say it: the best Naked Wine I’ve drunk so far) is perhaps one I was least fussed to try. I wasn’t closed-minded, but wondered whether I might be in for a pubbish tutti-frutti Merlot.

But if I found a pub that sold this, I’d be able to stop hanging around in poncy wine bars.

(Who am I kidding? I’d still hang around in poncy wine bars.)

And to get the full five stars? I’d like a little more presence in the gob, I think. I’m a greedy bugger for presence in the gob, though. And let’s not quibble. Because this here is one Merlot that can grab onto my ankles any day of the week.

Rating ★★★★ (4 stars)
ABV 13.5%
Price £10.99 from Naked Wines (£7.33 to members)

4 Comments to D’Aquino Reserve Merlot review

  1. May 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Sold out? Bugger! Thought it was rather good myself too.

  2. May 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I don’t believe I can get this in the USA. I’m sure that happens a lot though. I’d like to see more labels like this coming in on Aussie wine—it’s looks quite nice.

  3. November 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I agree, 100%. Naked’s best wine, and not even slightly pubby. The non-reserve ain’t bad either.

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