Desiderio

Toscana I.G.T. Merlot 2018


Pairing

This wine goes well with any kind of meat dish, a juicy T-bone steak ("bistecca Fiorentina"), roasted beef, pasta with meat sauce ("pasta al ragù"), just to name a few. And why not try it with foie gras or blue cheese?


D esiderio was a bull which lived on Avignonesi’s Capezzine farm more than one hundred years ago. The largest bull in Tuscany at that time, this majestic animal helped define the Chianina cattle race, specific to the Bistecca Fiorentina. It came as a natural choice to dedicate this Merlot to the beloved bull as a testimony to the wines’ origin. This is Merlot from Tuscany at its best.
Explosive olfactory impact. The wide aromatic bouquet ranges from cherry and plum jam to notes of black tea, rhubarb, and graphite, and final touches of cardamom. The entrance is bursting. On the palate it is enveloping and deep, accompanied by a silky and linear tannin typical of the structure of Tuscan Merlot. Tastefully juicy and in symbiosis with the olfactory notes, it gives notes of coconut and black pepper in the aftertaste.
Grapes

100% Merlot

Harvest

From late August to mid-September.

Vinification

Fermentation with use of indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature for 25-30 days, with daily pumping over and punching down.

Ageing

20 months in oak barriques (225 ltr)

Awards

2018:
94 pts James Suckling
92 pts Vinous
91 pts Decanter

2017:
92 pts James Suckling


2016:
93 pts James Suckling
92 pts Veronelli

2015:
94 pts James Suckling
93 pts Veronelli
92 pts Wine Enthusiast
92 pts Decanter
91 pts Vinous
Platinum Medal Wine Hunter Awards

2014:
93 pts James Suckling
91 pts Wine Advocate
91 pts Vinous