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The Winebow Group

Merlot Umbria IGT 2011


Wine Description

For this 100% Merlot, Falesco hand-harvests grapes from the Orvieto estate's best hillside vineyards, where the exposure, setting, and soil are perfect for grape ripening. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel, aged in French oak barriques for six months, and bottled without filtration in order to preserve the wine's rich organoleptic character.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, sensual aromas of blackberry and purple fruits complement undertones of tobacco and vanilla.  On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body make for a balanced wine with a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with choucroute, harissa-based sauces, lamb tagines, or massaman curry.

  • Vineyard & Production Info

    • Vineyard size: 100 acres
    • Soil composition: Clay-Loam
    • Training method: Spur-pruned Cordon
    • Elevation: 1,150 feet
    • Vines/acre: 2,400
    • Yield/acre: 2.8 tons
    • Exposure: Northern / Southern
    • Year vineyard planted: 1991
    • Harvest time: September
    • First vintage of this wine: 1999
    • Bottles produced of this wine: 150,000
  • Winemaking & Aging

    • Varietal composition: 100% Merlot
    • Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
    • Length of alcoholic fermentation: 16 days
    • Fermentation temperature: 73-77 °F
    • Maceration technique: Racking, Punchdown, and Aeration
    • Malolactic fermentation: Yes
    • Type of aging container: Barriques
    • Size of aging container: 225 L
    • Age of aging container: One-Two years
    • Type of oak: French
    • Length of aging before bottling: 6 months
    • Length of bottle aging: 3 months
  • Analytical Data

    • Alcohol: 13.5 %
    • pH level: 3.7
    • Residual sugar: 3.0 g/L
    • Acidity: 5.1 g/L
    • Dry extract: 30.5 g/L