MERLOT, FRIULI GRAVE DOC
Destiny, or ventura, is a word that appears over and over in the history of the Brandolini family. This is the history of a man and his burning love for the place that witnessed his birth and growth. And it was precisely destiny that brought the young Brandino from Paris, where he studied, without any great enthusiasm, to his experience in the kibbutz life, located west of Haifa, Israel. His immersion there, in a life in contact with the earth, excited him to such a degree that he took up studies in Agronomy at Texas A&M University. After concluding his studies, Brandino’s return to Venice and to his beloved Vistorta once again. He felt strong emotions, as a place that had provided play space during a happy childhood, now became his home as an adult. Then destiny intervened once again: following a stay at Château Greysac’s estate in Bordeaux, he made the decision, along with winemaker George Pauli, to focus totally on the merlot grape. In the mid–1980’s, Count Brandino continued to pursue his ambitious goal of producing world class Merlot at his familys 500 acre estate with state of the art cellars providing the opportunity to produce these exceptional wines.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
The vineyards are high-density, low-yield vineyard plots in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. The soil at the Vistorta estate is well-drained and rich in clay and limestone.
Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for ten days. In mid-winter, the wine is racked into small oak barrels. In May, it is bottled and cellared for some time before release.TASTING NOTES
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. Fruity, slightly herbaceous, with distinct raspberry fragrance in youth, in time acquiring aromatic complexity and notes of cherry, berry and violets. Full, dry and slightly tannic, with great body and texture. Good match with both white and red meat. Perfect with grilled poultry and rabbit, and seasoned cheeses.