Desiderio

Toscana I.G.T. Merlot


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, with small final notes of fermented tobacco. The entrance is bursting. The palate is invested by the imposing and typical structure of Tuscan Merlot, enveloping and warm. Tastefully in symbiosis with the olfactory notes, the dense and linear tannin accompanies hints of coconut and black pepper in retrolfaction.
Grapes

100% Merlot

Harvest

The Merlot was picked between the 21st of August and the 6th of September.

Vinification

Between two and three weeks of temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation with maceration on the skins in stainless steel tanks. Only indigenous yeasts were used. The malolactic fermentation took place in oak.

Ageing

20 months in 225 litres oak barrels (15% new)

Awards

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

 
 
 
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