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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Gnekow Family Winery 2007 Merlot, Bennet Valley Chateau Meroux


The diversity of Merlot can lend itself to a wide array of matching options. Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with many of the same things that Cabernet Sauvignon would pair well with such as grilled and charred meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots share many of the same food pairing affinities with Pinot noir and go well with dishes like salmon, mushroom based dishes and greens like chard and radicchio.

A deep garnet red colored wine. It has a strong nose of dark fruits, dark cherries & blueberries. It has some nice toffee notes with cedar woods. Balanced wine with lots of generosity, smooth with silky tannins. The taste reveals more pleasant dark fruits ending with caramel and oaks. Enjoy the bold fruit forward merlot now or later.

Try it with roast chicken, veal, lamb, salmon and hard cheese.

With a suggested retail price of $39, what’s is the bottle is worthy of the price tag.


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