Merlot Umbria IGT 2012

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For this 100% Merlot, Falesco hand-harvests grapes from the Orvieto estate's best hillside vineyards, where the exposure, setting, and soil are perfect for grape ripening. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak barriques for just six months in order to preserve the wine's rich organoleptic character.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, sensual aromas of blackberry and purple fruits complement undertones of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body make for a balanced wine with a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with charcuterie, harissa-based sauces, braised lamb, or meat lasagna.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard size:
100 acres
Soil composition:
Volcanic and Stony
Training method:
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation:
1,150 feet
Vines/acre:
2,400
Yield/acre:
2.8 tons
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1998
Bottles produced of this wine:
150,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
20 days
Fermentation temperature:
75 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking, Punchdown, and Aeration
Length of maceration:
18 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
One-Two years
Type of oak:
French: Nevers
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.7 %
pH level:
3.7
Acidity:
5.1 g/L
Dry extract:
33.0 g/L

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