This elegant, beautiful offering is the result of green harvesting the grapes, which were picked in the middle of September from a vineyard in Italy’s Cortona region. After a light crushing, maceration and alcoholic fermentation was done over 20 days in stainless steel tanks, malolactic fermentation was completed in new French oak, and the production process was finished with a year in the barrels, followed by six months in bottles. The result is a smooth, silky wine that has cherry on the nose, as well as hints of graham cracker and chocolate; the palate experiences a textured combination of soft, sweet and pleasantly salty tastes, lingering finish and aftertaste of fruit. The Smeriglio Merlot goes well with food and will stand the test of time, able to be enjoyed now or over the next 15 years, which is corroborated by Wine Spectator’s 91 point rating for the 2010 vintage.
Crimson-red in hue. Subtle nose of lightly spiced raspberry and ripe blueberry. Soft and sweet on the palate with a medium-full body and a long, supple, dark fruit finish.
Country of production: Italy
Exposition of the vineyard: South
Alcohol: 14% Vol