Historical French grape variety, Merlot was brought to Friuli-Venezia Giulia in 1869 by the Count Teodoro de La Tour and soon became the most popular red wine of the territory.
Today, actually, in the typical Friulian “osteria” Merlot is the most common red wine to be poured when asked for a “taj di ros”, which is a good glass of red, perhaps with a slice of bread and raw ham.
This wine occupies a special place in the heart of every Friulian: it has been adopted during the years and nowadays it’s loved by the people of this region as an autochthonous.
Arrived from France and then spread all over the world, it is one of the most universally known “international” vines, but its history is different in each region where it’s grown.
In French territory, the name of this grape isn’t usually shown on the label, in favor instead of the cellar’s name, the village where the wine is produced or the single vineyard.
In Friuli, however, Merlot has always been called this way also on the bottle, thus helping its diffusion at local level, its integration into Friulian culture and the awareness of the grape’s name.
Our vineyards are located within the DOC Collio area, where Merlot grows quite well, offering wines with very soft, balanced and elegant tannins.
Venica’s Merlot comes from a DOC Collio vineyard. It is a dark blue colored wine grape variety of French origin.
The grapes were picked and de-stemmed from September 20th to September 22nd 2017.
After arriving to the cellar, the grapes have been macerated for 10 days; subsequently the wine has been aged in our cellar in wooden barrels of 25 and 7.5 HL for 13 months, during which the malolactic fermentation has taken place.
The wine was then blended and bottled at the end of October 2018.
Intense ruby red.
Young, fruity and slightly herbaceous, with an harmonious bouquet ranging from berries, in particular blueberries and black currants, to violets, plums, cherries, tomato leaf, fennel and rhubarb. Some medicinal herbs such as mint and thyme can be perceived too and also a balsamic note that fades into pine. The clearly recognizable feature is an herbaceous background that permeates all the wine and blends wonderfully with the warmth of the fruit notes.
On the palate it is wide and deep, medium-bodied, juicy and dripping of blackberries and cherries. The tannins are light and velvety and the herbaceous and earthy flavors balance the fruit aromas for a soft and enveloping sip. The acidity is generally low.
Typical local dishes such as a mix of ham and cheese appetizers, salami with vinegar or “brovada” (turnips) and “muset” (similar to a pork sausage). Otherwise with red meats, roasts, poultry and middle-aged cheesesi.
over 10 years
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