Altro Merlot Friuli Colli Orientali DOC Price € 28.40
It was 1987 when, among the vineyards of Torre Rosazza, the idea was born to produce a different wine than the Friulian tradition of the time. From this need was born Altromerlot, probably the first Friulian wine to be aged for a long time in French oak barrels, "other" than the merlot that could be tasted at that time. Twenty vintages later, Altromerlot became a standard of undisputed elegance and still remains "other" as a sign of the uncompromising and uninterrupted attention that comes from the vineyard to the table.
Sensory feautres: Intense and lively ruby red. The nose spreads out in delicate scents of small red berry fruits and blueberries, and then recalls hints of musk and forest. In the mouth you can immediately feel the lineage of the wine, of which elegance is the most evident attribute. It fills the palate with its softness and recalls red fruit jam, then evolves into discreet hints of wood. Long persistence.
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
Vineyards: Oleis of Manzano estate owned vineyards, grown on Eocene Marls at 250 above sea level.metres.
Vinification: The grapes, harvested strictly by hand with selection on the vine, are destemmed and placed in temperature-controlled steel vats where the must and skins remain in contact for 8/10 days. Complete malolactic fermentation follows and then a long aging in Allier oak barriques, which lasts at least 24 months.
Best served: Great versatility on the table: although it is a wine with a remarkable structure, it can also be combined with light and elegant dishes because of its marked elegance. It goes well with both tasty soups, legume soups, but also tasty meats such as roasts, veal shank, mixed grills.
Alcohol content: 14%
Bottle size: 750ml