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Merlot
WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The wine appears intense ruby red, with purple highlights. The nose offers dense aromatic impressions of wild berry, particularly blueberry and wild cherry followed by a peppery amalgam of dark chocolate and black liquorice. The palate is warm and silky, displaying crisp fruit with dense-packed, glossy tannins. The finish seems almost endless with an impressive conclusion.

Varietal blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Complementary Varieties

VINEYARDS & GRAPES
In French, the word Merlot means "Young Blackbird," probably alluding to the grape's beautiful dark-blue color. This grape is the first French variety to be planted on a large scale in Italy after the Phylloxera disaster (Phylloxera is a parasitical disease that devastated the European vineyards in the 1806's through the end of the century). Originally introduced to the Northern provinces, Merlot is now found in the central and southern regions as well. The grapes for Danzante Merlot are selected from the province of Agrigento in Sicily. Viticulture in Sicily dates back around 4000 years and while ancient wines from this region earned prestige around the world, until recently, modern wine growing has focused on high production and desert grapes. Fortunately in the past few years there has been a rebirth in Sicilian wines with gradual conversion towards quality. The warm Sicilian sun promotes perfect ripening of the grapes, which is essential in creating great wines.

FERMENTATION AND AGING
The grapes are lightly crushed and the must fermented in stainless steel vats at approximately 30° C (86 F). The wine ferments approximately 10 days and is given seven days of extended skin contact to naturally soften tannins and develop varietal complexity. Immediately following the primary fermentation, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation to enhance the wines roundness and depth. The wine is not oak aged in order to accentuate the pure berry fruit character. After 10 months in stainless steel tanks to marry flavours, the wine is bottled.

Wine Stats: 5.20 g/l total acidity, 3.24 ph, 3.7 g/l residual sugar, 13,38 % Alcohol

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Perfect with full-flavored pasta dishes or light meat stews, as well as sautéed beef with vegetables and medium-aged cheeses.
 
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