If there were an ‘official’ wine for dancing the hora, it would surely be this one – the Caloian Merlot!
This Merlot is the crown jewel of the Caloian series. A series that, as we are accustomed to from Crama Oprisor, is inspired by local traditions. The name Caloian refers to an ancient ritual practice where, on the third Tuesday after the Orthodox Easter, a clay or wooden doll is used: the Caloian. Boys and girls gather together and dance the traditional ‘hora’ dance late into the evening. Traditional instruments such as the flute and cimpoi (bagpipe) are often played, and songs are sung that call for rain and abundance.
This Merlot, always fresh and perfectly attuned to every taste, is a reason to celebrate in every sense.
With a fruity opening of black cherries and blackcurrants, the Merlot leads to the most seductive shades of vanilla and boasts beautifully integrated tannins that harmoniously complete the ensemble. Its dark red color symbolizes its depth and intensity. The aroma of blueberries and blackberries brings a rich and inviting nose. The flavor is balanced, subtle, and velvety, truly reflecting its refined structure.
A deep ruby red wine with vibrant aromas of blueberries and blackberries. The flavor is balanced, subtle, and velvety, with harmoniously integrated tannins and a hint of vanilla.
This Merlot is an ideal companion to meat dishes, particularly pork or beef, where it accentuates the rich flavors and adds new depth to the meal.
The crushed grapes undergo cold soaking for quite some time before alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel. The cold soaking produces a lot of aromatic substances, tannin and color. The must is stirred regularly during and after alcoholic fermentation. This creates a lot of flavor, creaminess and structure.
The Crama Oprisor winery is located in the Drincea Valley. Vines have been present here since the 15th century. The hills of Golul Drincei form a beautiful viticultural “amphitheater” and this area is famous for producing high quality wines.
The vineyard of Crama Oprisor has a temperate climate with influence of the Danube and Carpathian rivers. The vineyards are located on the north-south slope. The soil has a high clay and humus content.