This wine is a blend of three grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, and Refosco (an ancient Italian varietal native only to Friuli). It is easy to drink and can be sipped as a pre-dinner “aperitivo” – the Refosco really gives this blend a distinct and wonderful flavor and body. A great way to introduce you to the Refosco variety, this wine can be enjoyed now, or aged for a few years. If you are looking for something new without venturing too far away from the classics, this wine is sure to win you over!
Typology: Red wine blend Production area: Dolegna del Collio Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 25% Refosco, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon Harvesting: By hand Fermentation and refinery: Once the grapes have been separated from the stems, the cool temperature maceration / fermentation phase is completed within around 20 days. The wine is left to settle after the pressing process, then it is racked into stainless steel tanks where it goes through the natural process of malo-lactic fermentation, which is the conversion of harsher Malic acid to a softer Lactic acid. The presence of Lactic acid promotes a subtle rounder wine that is pleasantly mellow and less abrasive to the palate. The wine is drawn off the lees and then aged for 12 months in small American oak barrels. Alcohol content: 13% vol. Temperature for serving: 23°C Tasting notes: Intense ruby red, the palate reveals a wealth of soft, fine-grained tannins; great breadth of flavor, mouth-filling weight and superb intensity. Serving Suggestions: A fine accompaniment for haute cuisine meat dishes, white and red meat roasts, poultry, and furred or feathered game. Recommended serving by 2019 (it won't be unopened that long in your cellar anyway!).