Girolamo Merlot Toscana IGT 2009

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The muscular Girolamo is both named for and made from 100% single-vineyard Merlot grapes planted in one of the estate's oldest vineyards. After the harvest, the grapes are crushed and fermented in stainless steel for extra smoothness and complexity. The Girolamo is then aged in Allier barriques for approximately two years to achieve an elegant combination of fruit, silky tannins, and body.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red in color with purple highlights, Girolamo offers sumptuous aromas of black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet spice, and vanilla with hints of chocolate and dried herbs. On the palate, Girolamo has a soft and silky texture, backed by sweet tannins ending with a long, rich finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with barbecue, port sauces, venison-stuffed raviolis, and salumi.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Girolamo vineyard
Vineyard size:
15 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method:
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation:
1,155 feet
Vines/acre:
1,400
Exposure:
Southern
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
1997
Bottles produced of this wine:
20,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
9 days
Fermentation temperature:
84 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
28 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French: Allier
Length of bottle aging:
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.4 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
2.4 g/L
Acidity:
5.9 g/L
Dry extract:
31.8 g/L

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