Merlot di San Leonardo, Demonstrates Italy’s Excellence With This Grape

Merlot di San Leonardo

Merlot di San Leonardo
Wine: Merlot di San Leonardo

Region: Trentino

Oenologist: Carlo Ferrini

Grapes: 100% Merlot

Vineyards location: Adige valley

Extension: 20 ha

Orientation: south

Altitude: 750 ft

Vine training: Guyot and Pergola

Soil: well-drained gravel and soil

Total production (btls): 45,000

Vinification: Grapes are destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is cold-clarified by allowing the lees to settle.

Ageing: For 18 months in 60-hectolitre Slavonian oak barriques. In the bottle for at least four months before release onto the market.

This wine has a  brilliant ruby red, with attractive depth and decent length. The aromas are alcohol and fruit-rich when the wine is young, later mellowing with bottle age into ripe plum fruit layered over a faintly grassy background note. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate, it reveals a pleasing bitterish twist in the finish. Good aromatic length. A classic food wine with rice and pasta in tomato or meat sauces such as lasagna, and meat or cheese filled pasta, as well as grilled and stewed meats, poultry, white meats and soft cheeses.



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Think Cocktail, Think Ecco Domani

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clip_image001A light and refreshing twist on the classic martini, the Ecco-tini is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Canella Domani

clip_image002This delicious wine cocktail is perfect for a cold winter evening, and a sure hit around the holidays.

  • Best to prepare 1 hour before serving
  • In a medium pot, heat one bottle of Ecco Domani Merlot
  • Stir in 10 tablespoons of sugar until dissolved
  • In a strainer, combine:

· 1 orange peel

· 1 lemon peel

· 10 cloves

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Let strainer sit in heating wine for about 20 minutes. (Make sure mixture is not boiling)

Allow mixture to cool, or serve hot

Remove strainer and pour liquid into glass mug

Garnish with cinnamon stick or orange slice

Makes 4 Servings

Dolce Domani

clip_image003This tart yet sweet concoction is a versatile wine cocktail for any occasion from a fall fireside dinner to an elegant evening gathering with friends.

  • Muddle half of a lime with 2.5 teaspoons of sugar until all the juice is extracted
  • Add 3 oz. of Ecco Domani’s Merlot
  • Add ice into a shaker and shake vigorously for at least 6 seconds
  • Pour all ingredients into a lowball glass or wineglass
  • Garnish with a lime wheel

Domani Limonata

clip_image004Escape from the hot, sultry days of summer with the lemon-infused Domani Limonata wine cocktail.

  • Muddle 1 / 2 lemon with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Combine 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio with:
  • 1 oz. of peach juice
  • 1 oz. of apple juice
  • 3 / 4 oz. of guava juice (may substitute with cranberry juice)
  • Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a glass tumbler
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel

Ecco Cioccolato

clip_image005A tantalizing combination of chocolate, raspberry and Chianti, the Ecco Cioccolato is the perfect wine cocktail for any fall or winter party.

  • Muddle 6 raspberries with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani Chianti
  • Stir in 1.5 teaspoons of sweet cocoa powder
  • Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Strain into a martini glass
  • Layer whipped cream onto drink
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings

Serves 4 to 6

Ecco Freddo

clip_image006Cool down with the refreshing taste of watermelon – a perfect wine drink for poolside sipping on steamy afternoons.

  • Muddle a slice of watermelon with one teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 1oz. of pineapple juice
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani’s Pinot Grigio
  • Add ice into a boston shaker and shake vigorously for at least 6 seconds
  • Pour all ingredients into a lowball glass
  • Garnish with a thin slice of watermelon

Ecco Frutta

clip_image007Delight in the tropical mango and kiwi flavors of this enticing wine cocktail…perfect for spring or summer entertaining.

  • Muddle 1 peeled kiwi
  • Add 2 tablespoons of mango chutney (may substitute with 2 oz. mango juice)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweet basil
  • Add 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
  • Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a highball glass
  • Garnish with a kiwi slice

clip_image008Ecco Sidro

Toast the cold weather with a twist on the classic apple cider.

  • Muddle 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (may substitute with 2 oz of ginger ale)
  • Add 1.5 oz. apple cider
  • Add 1/4 teaspoons of Chai tea powder (may substitute with cinnamon)
  • Add 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Chianti
  • Shake and strain into a martini glass or lowball rock glass (if served hot)
  • Garnish with a ginger root slice or apple slice

Vita Domani

clip_image009Exotic lychees provide a delightful surprise in this wine cocktail, ideal for spring and summer entertaining.

  • Muddle 5 red seedless grapes with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 1 oz. of lychee juice (may substitute with pineapple juice)
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
  • Add a splash of lemon juice
  • Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a glass goblet
  • Garnish with a skewer of lychee fruit or grapes

Besides The Delightful Cocktails, this Pinot Grigio is a great summer wine: twice as good and about half the price of a much overrated brand that seems to make it to every restaurant wine list these days. Great quaff and terrifically food friendly.

Ecco Domani 2010 Pinot Grigio = $14.00

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Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., is committed to excellence, and is a major force in the world of wine in the United States.

Here are three whites and three roses. All are under $20 and should make your sunny day even brighter!

Both Argentine and Spanish wines (specifically Rioja wine) are among the fastest growing "categories" of all fine wine-growing countries. France has also emerged as a growing category for their “great value” wines as well as Italy. This selection spans all four regions and have very attractive price points.

Whether you are an oenophile or a novice, five little words will be your guide to expert wine selection: Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. You’ll never be disappointed.

A little background:



Cuma is the range of organic wines produced by Michel Torino Estate. Viticulture and winemaking practices are strictly controlled and certified organic. Fertilizers used in the vineyards are sheep manure, ants are controlled with diatom earth, and weeds are cut with machetes: all natural elements. SRP $12.99


A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, this racy rosé has some serious weight on the palate. Vinified as a "vin de saignée," a short maceration with a long fermentation under controlled temperatures is employed. This wine defines the word delicious. SRP $13.99


Formed in 2002, Maison Hecht et Bannier produces wines that are reference points for the Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region. SRP $11.99


El Cotp de Rioja, was founded in 1970 by a group of winemakers committed to creating a new type of Rioja. lts first bottling was released in 1975. Today, El Coto is the leading brand in Spain and among the top-selling Spanish wines in Europe. SRP $9.99 for both Blanco and Rosado.scan0006


Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in the village of lllasi, Italy. The original winery is situated in the heart of the most acclaimed wine growing zones in the Veneto near Lake Garda. SRP $16.99

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