Montiano Merlot Lazio IGP 2016

A 100% single-vineyard Merlot grown in the Montiano parcel in Montefiascone, Lazio. The volcanic, mineral-rich soil of the Montiano vineyard and a rigorous hand selection of these grapes contribute to Montiano’s solid structure and concentration. One of the most sought-after wines from central Italy, this is a perennial favorite of red wine collectors worldwide!

Tasting Notes

Montiano is deep ruby-red in color and exhibits a wide range of aromas, from vanilla to red berries along with layers of jam and sweet spice. It is powerful and full-bodied, yet well-rounded on the palate with an elegant and lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Pairs brilliantly with cassoulet or hearty casseroles, smoked beef or cured sausages, and roasted lamb with mint sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Montefiascone and Castiglione areas/The Montiano vineyard
Vineyard size
87.5 acres
Soil composition
Volcanic
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
1,155 feet
Vines/acre
800
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Southern/Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1988
Harvest time
August-September
First vintage of this wine
1993
Bottles produced of this wine
50,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Merlot
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
80 °F
Maceration length
28
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
3-4 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak: Nevers and Tronçais
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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