Sansonina Merlot 2014

Sansonina is a special project for Carla Zenato and her daughter Nadia. This unique, hand-crafted red is made entirely from Merlot grapes, which are harvested by hand in early September. The winery's name draws from the biblical hero, Samson, who was given superhuman strength. Adding “ina” to a word in Italian is a diminutive term of endearment. This, Merlot becomes a powerful yet refined “Little Samson.”

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, with concentrated notes of crushed black cherries, cocoa, dried herbs, and a touch of balsam. Broad, velvety, and mouth-filling on the palate, it strikes a perfect balance between strong tannins and elegant acidity.

Food Pairing

Pair with with steak, grilled tenderloin, baby back ribs, or hearty veal stew.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Veronese IGT
Vineyard name
The Sansonina vineyard
Vineyard size
10 acres
Soil composition
Clay-Loam
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
495 feet
Vines/acre
3,600
Yield/acre
2.2 tons
Exposure
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1997
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1997
Bottles produced of this wine
12,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Merlot
Fermentation container
Barrels
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
8-12 days
Fermentation temperature
79-82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
15
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
12-18 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French and Austrian oak
Length of aging before bottling
24 months

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