Sodale Merlot Lazio IGP 2015

The name, Sodale, derives from the Italian sodalizio which translates as solidarity, or a strong bond.  Sodale refers as much to the bond between the estate's founders, Riccardo and Renzo, and their daughters, Dominga, Marta and Enrica, now managing the estate as it does the bond between this daily drinkerand the Cotarella Family's flagship Merlot, Montiano.

About the Vineyard

Sodale is composed of 100% Merlot.  These Merlot vines thrive on the calcium-rich, volcanic soils of Montefiascone in Lazio.

Wine Production

Merlot grapes are vinified in temperature controlled steel tanks followed by 9 months' rest in 325 L French barrels, half of which are new.  

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in color, Sodale is redolant with inky black fruit, sweet spice, and mineral- all of which are woven together tighlty with a degree of finesse that calls its revered cousin, Montiano, to mind. On the palate the wine is juicy yet structured with abundant tannin that is polished and supple in texture.  A balanced finish of medium length begs another sip and makes Sodale an indespensable everyday drinker.

Food Pairing

Pair Sodale with your mid-week supper, or a more carefully coordinated affair.  A stuffed portobello mushroom, a slow-cooked Bolognese sauce, or a seared shell steak with frites and a red wine reduction would all pair beautifully with Sodale.

Production Info
Vineyard size
9 acres
Soil composition
Volcanic, Coal, and Clay-Loam
Training method
Cordon Spur-pruned
Elevation
1,155 feet
Vines/acre
3,200
Yield/acre
3.2 tons
Exposure
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1990
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2015
Bottles produced of this wine
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Merlot
Prefermentation Technique
Cold soak
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
50% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
325 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
2 g/L
Acidity
5 g/L
Dry extract
31 g/L

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