Merlot is an international black berried grape of French origin which owes its name to the particular predilection blackbirds have for its fruit. First planted in the Gironde area, it initially spread all over France, making its fortune in the Bordeaux area, and subsequently all over the world thanks to its strong adaptability to different environments. Wines produced with this grape are characterized for being very versatile and usually of great prestige.
During the period of rest in barrique, Merlot undergoes a very interesting evolutionary process while gaining smoothness and balance. As time goes by, in fact, young tannins coming mainly from grape skins slowly polymerize and precipitate on the bottom of the skins giving smoothness to the wine.
The origins of this grape are very ancient and they were already mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his writings. In the past this grape was mainly used for blending and in fact it is present in many production disciplinary of wines of central Italy. In recent years there is a return to the vinification in purity in order to obtain a pleasing and easy drinking wine, ideal for aperitifs as well.
Merlot is an international black berried grape of French origin which owes its name to Chardonnay. This is a wine which, because of its organoleptic and taste-olfactory characteristics, is well suited for aging in wood. Of course, the size of the cask and the type of wood influence in a determinant way the aging process of the wine.Generally speaking, the technique of aging in wood allows the wine to evolve and to become smoother and more balanced.
Chardonnay is an international white berried grape typical of France. This grape is the base of many wines produced all over the world: from Europe to New Zealand, to California, as well as Australia and Argentina. Its aromatic bouquet, however, expresses itself in very different ways according to the characteristics of the territory where it is cultivated while remaining always very elegant and enveloping.
This wine belongs to the category of DOP wines and it is characterized, therefore, by a production scrupulously dictated by a specific disciplinary, regulated by laws, within which, among the other things, it is established the blend and the relevant maximum allowed percentages. In this specific case it is possible to use exclusively two of the most common grape varieties of central Italy, Montepulciano and Cesanese, and for a very small part other red grapes (maximum 15%), such as Merlot.
Malvasia puntinata is a white grape variety very common in central Italy which is characterized by small dark colored spots clearly visible on the skin of the grape use.Just like all the ones belonging to the Malvasia family, this grape belongs to the category of aromatic grapes, that is the ones whose aromas are clearly perceived from the berry and not, as it usually happens, after the alcoholic fermentation.