MERLOT RISERVA 2012
ITALIAN FINE RED WINE
The Merlot is a red grape that gets it name from the blackbird that likes to eat these grapes. It is a native grape from France, and during late 19th Century it was introduced in Friuli’s vineyards. The grape quickly became very popular, every “Osteria” and family served this wine. In Friuli’s Colli Orientali it found its perfect terroir: it adapted his clone and became the Merlot Friulano hybrid.
The Adriano Gigante’s Merlot vines are more than 50 years old and grow on the hill with East- West exposure. The marly soil where vines are planted has metasediments, made of carbonate and clay, which gives a unique minerality feature to the grapes. This spectacular feature makes The Gigante’s Merlot Riserva a wine that stands out from the rest, an incomparable wine due to its incredible elegant and complex aroma.
Adriano enchants his vines with a special vinification process, which include the alcoholic fermentation and the wine aging in the same tanks. The blend between the oak aged wine and the stainless steel wine change every harvest in order to create a perfectly balanced
and harmonic wine. The result is an easily recognized Merlot Riserva which compete with the greatest Merlot wines in the world.
Classification: D.O.C. Friuli
Vineyard: Adriano Gigante
Production Area: Corno di Rosazzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% Vol
Sugar: 2.0 g/L
Dry Extract: 31.7 g/L
Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
Aging: 13 years
Bottles Capacity: 750 ml