Villa Russiz

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Merlot Classic, Collio DOC – 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Collio DOC
    • Location: Hillside, estate vineyard with south facing exposure
    • Viticulture: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: 15-50 years old
    • Soil: Clay and marl locally known as “ponca”
    • Density: 1,417 -2,024 vines/acre
    • Training: Spurred cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • Mild temperatures created one of the best vintages in the last 10 years

    • Harvest Date(s): October 2-5
  • Vinification

    • Perfectly ripened grapes are hand harvested. The bunches are quickly carried to the cellar where grapes are destemmed and left to ferment and macerate for 15 days. After racking, the wine is matured in 225L (60 gallon) French oak casks for 18-20 months. It is then blended in stainless steel vats and finally matures for 3-4 months in the bottle.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5.3 g/L
    • p H: 3.54
    • RS: 1.2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright ruby color; balanced, soft and richly textured. Slightly vegetal both on the nose and the palate when young. Flavors of cherry, tobacco, chocolate. Capable of long ageing and the development of a rich, complex wine.