Merlot

Sicilia DOC

A historic international varietal that expresses the unique and persuasive character of the Mediterranean.

  • PRODUCTION AREA

    Sambuca di Sicilia, in the province of Agrigento. It prefers drained terrain with little sunlight in order to protect the delicacy of and fragrances of its fragile bouquet. The type of farming is “Espalier”, used with an average density of planting where there are 4500 plants per 2.5 Acres.

  • VINIFICATION

    100% Merlot. It is a varietal that matures around the middle of September.

    Collected from the grapes of perfect phenolic and aromatic maturity. De-stemming and alcoholic fermentation with the skins occurs at 80 degrees for 10 days. Malolactic maturation occurs with selected bacteria, then finally maturation for 10 months in French barriques that are at least 2-3 years old.

  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Color: Ruby red with slight reflections of violet.

    Bouquet: Ample and intense, with aromas of red ripe fruit like cherries, raspberries, and blackberries with nuances of red fruit marmellade. It is surrounded with spicy notes that are derived from the aging in wood.

    Flavor: If is a medium bodied wine that expresses a covered softness and very soft tannins.

  • ALCOHOL CONTENT 13,5%

  • PAIRINGS

    Pairs well with seasonal cold cuts, vegetable soup, grilled meats, roasts, boiled meats and savory cheeses. Its delicate structure and the light character of fragrant fruit makes the Merlot the ideal companion for a dish that would ordinarily not be easily paired like a timbale of tagliolini and artichokes.



  • SERVING TEMPERATURE 60-64° F

  • RATINGS

    STEMMARI Merlot 12 - silver - Mundus Vini 2014 - Sommerverkostung

    STEMMARI Merlot 12 - gold - Berliner Wein Trophy 2014 - July

    STEMMARI Merlot 11 - Gold - Berliner Wein Trophy 2013

    STEMMARI Merlot 09 - 82 - Wine Spectator feb12

    STEMMARI Merlot 10 - 87 - Wine Enthusiast apr12

    STEMMARI Merlot 10 - gold - Berliner Wein Trophy 2012

    STEMMARI Merlot -87 - Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast March 2011

    STEMMARI Merlot - BestBuy - 87 - WineEnthusiast - february 2009

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