Dominik Mueller

Wine is my hobby. Fine wine tasting notes and experiences.

2017 Abadal Merlot 5

Tasting note

Fruit forward, particularly red cherries and blackberries. There are spicy notes, too. However, at 14.5 the alcohol doesn’t go unnoticed, making the overall presentation a little rough around the edges. Neither complex nor subtle. I doubt giving it more time in the cellar will do much to improve the flavour. Drink between now and 2024.

Drink from 2020 through 2024.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 12 October 2022.


85Wines that have a DM84 to DM86 rating are average on a fine wine level. That means the wines have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that make them stand out in a positive way, such as a complex flavour profile or a very elegant tannin structure. Put differently, if offered a glass, I will gladly drink it. I might even have another one. Would I buy a bottle from this category for my own cellar? I might, yes. For example, wines with a DM84 to DM86 rating are usually not too demanding, so they can be a good fit for guests who are beginners to fine wine or very casual drinkers. In the WSET world, wines with a DM85 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 1.5 WSET score.
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1.5Wines with a 1.5 WSET rating are in between 'average' and 'good' in the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 1.5 usually get around 85 to 86 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2017
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Merlot
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Appellation:Pla de Bages DO
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