Poggio ai Merli Merlot Toscana IGT 2016

Poggio ai Merli is made entirely from Merlot, and named after the single vineyard from which it is produced. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, grapes are imbued with all the terroir-driven characteristics of Tuscany's most famous viticultural area. This wine embodies Castellare's innovation by producing international varietals in an area world-famous for Sangiovese.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red in color with purple reflections, this Merlot is loaded with enticing aromas of ripe blackberries, sweet cherry plums, cassis, and vanilla. Equally flavorful on the palate, Poggio ai Merli is full-bodied with a persistent and complex finish.

Food Pairing

This seductive red would be the ideal partner for pan-seared venison loin with balsamic blueberry sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Poggio ai Merli Vineyard
Vineyard size
5 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Elevation
1,450 feet
Vines/acre
2,000
Exposure
Southern
Year vineyard planted
1996
Harvest time
August
First vintage of this wine
1999
Bottles produced of this wine
3,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Merlot
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Fermentation temperature
79 °F
Maceration technique
Racking and Pumpovers
Maceration length
12
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
14 months

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