EVANTE - Merlot - Friuli Grave Doc

Production zone: alluvial plain in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, west zone
of Friuli Grave Doc appellation, municipality of Azzano Decimo.
Grape Variety: 100% Merlot.
Vineyards: guyot training system, 4.500 vines per hectare, yield 50 ql/Ha.
Harvest period: IV week of September/I week of October.
Vinification: crushing and destemming, followed by approximately
20 days maceration in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature
(26-28°C); after racking, fermentation in oak barrels where it refines for
about 18 months. The aging continues in stainless steel vats before the
bottling. Finally refining in bottle for 6 months.
Alcohol content: 13% by vol.
Aging potential: to be drunk immediately or to be kept up to 10-12 years.
Colour: intense ruby red with violet hues.
Nose: intense and varied, it is characterized by fruity and spicy notes,
that ranges from blackcurrants jam to spirit cherry, from cloves and
black pepper to chocolate.
Palate: full-bodied, intense, round and harmonious, it is characterized
by sturdy tannic structure and shows a freshness well balanced with soft
notes. Perfectly matching the nose, is velvety and sapid; the aftertaste is
persistent and closes on tones of fruit and spices.
Food pairing: excellent with main course, like risotto with mushrooms
or liver and ravioli with meat. It accompanies pleasantly boiled, grilled and
roasted red meats and aged hard cheeses. Excellent with beef steak with herbs.
Serving temperature: ideal at 20-22°C.

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These wines represent the spearhead of San Simone production. We select the richest grapes to achieve the highest level of TYPICALITY, elegance and concentration. We generally prefer the steel tanks for fermentation and maturation of our wines but over the last twenty years, for the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, we wanted to experiment the small wooden barrels as a tool to exalt the characteristics of the fruit and the territory. The usage of barrels is not to add or cover the aroma but to possibly take off, it works as a discreet and quiet actor.
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