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2014

Sansonina

Merlot

Veneto, Italy

Alc. 13.5 %

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$57.99
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$46.49
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After acquiring the 18th-century farm Sansonina, found in Sirmione on Lake Garda, Carla Prospero and her daughter Nadia Zenato set out to disprove a few things. The first was that the area, famous for producing the elegant, aromatic, and characteristically feminine white wine Lugana, could produce a quality Merlot from the only existing old vines in this territory. The second was that such a structured red wine could be created by women.

The name of the vineyard derives from Samson, the biblical judge whose long hair (a typically feminine attribute) was the source of his immense strength. A previous owner of the vineyard from centuries ago was nicknamed Sansonina, "Little Samson", as a reflection of her strong character. The masculine/feminine duality carries through to the wine itself, proving powerful, yet also elegant and seductive. This 3rd vintage was hand harvested in early September and aged 24 months, with an additional 12-18 months in bottle; a process which was specifically designed to carefully age and protect the very deliberate characteristics of this great wine. Drink now, or save this beauty for 5 years or so, serve at 18 C.

Look

Medium to dark ruby core, fading to a brighter cherry at the edge

Smell

This Merlot is beautiful right out of the gate. We get dark chocolate covered cherries; a little tart, a little bitter. Soft florals of an early spring garden...violets and rose. Slight eucalyptus or menthol, cedar, and some dried herbs. We even noticed talcum powder after an hour or so of breathing.

Taste

Medium+ mouthwatering acidity with a medium body with fairly grippy tannins, but they are ultra-fine, offering a very balanced mouthfeel. In following with what we found on the nose, there's a lot going on here, so take your time! Ripe strawberries with some darker tart berries, cranberries and currants. We can still pick up on the violets in the slightly medicinal, but pleasant, aftertaste. Overall, liqueur filled chocolates come to mind.

Pairing

Baby back ribs, a hearty stew, or roast beef with a rich mushroom gravy. For the more adventurous, a beautifully marbled steak with a blue cheese butter or pan-seared duck breast with a blueberry sauce.

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