danzante Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

Intense ruby red, with subtle purplish highlight. The nose initially reveals emphatic notes of wild red berry fruit, such as wild cherry and blueberry, which expand into a peppery amalgam of baker's chocolate and black liquorice. The palate is warm and silky, displaying crisp fruit with dense-packed, glossy tannins. An almost endless finish provides the wine's impressive conclusion.

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.

Fermentation & Aging

The grapes are lightly crushed and the must fermented in stainless steel vats at approximately 30C (86F). 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 flavors, the wine is bottled.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Appellation: Merlot Toscana IGT
Vineyard Location: Tuscany
Growing System: Cordon-trained, spur-pruned vines
Time of Harvest: September
Serving Temperature: 60 - 65 degrees
Acidity:  5.8 g/l
pH: 3.2
Residual Sugar: 4.2 g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%