Merlot

Production Zone: D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali
Grape Variety: 100% Merlot 
Growing System: Traditional Friuli single inverted and French Guyot with a plant density of 5,000 vines per hectare 
Harvest time: The last week of September 
Vinification: The grapes are harvested at the perfect degree of sugar and phenol content, then stripped and crushed. The resulting must is then allowed to macerate and ferment on the skins in steel vats. During this period, remontages are carried out frequently to favour the transfer of colour and noble tannins from the skins to the fermenting must. After drawing-off, the end of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation is awaited and the racking is carried out with the wine pouring under gravity into 2,500 litre French oak barrels in the cellar where it matures until the month of February, when it is bottled.
Availability: In the early spring a year and a half after the harvest. 
Indicative Values: Total acidity 5.2 g/L; alcohol 13.50% by vol. 
Colour: Intense and vivid ruby red, developing into a garnet red with age.
Notes on flavour and bouquet: A distinctive sweet and gentle bouquet, with notes of plum jam, tobacco, hay, and coffee. The palate dry and smooth, sapid and harmonious, with fruit flavours of blackberry and plums. The meticulous vinification process has successfully extracted the varietal notes, which are perfectly amalgamated with the notes of the French oak in which the wine has matured.
Serving Temperature: 16 - 18 °C
Serving Suggestions:  Grilled red meats, boiled meats, stews of poultry and rabbit, roasts and medium aged cheeses.