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Ecco Domani 2010 Merlot

The warm Sicilian sun and fresh night breezes across the island provide the perfect climate for growing Merlot grapes with bright fruit aromas and soft, mature tannins. Grapes for our Merlot come from two different areas. On the southeast part of the island near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, sandy soil and a warm climate create grapes with great maturation, vibrant aromas and flavors, and velvety tannins. On the southwest part of the island close to the Valley of the Temples is a mountainous growing environment with heavy clay soil. Grapes mature slower here, resulting in deep color and extremely rich mouthfeel.

Ecco Domani 2010 Merlot displays a deep purple-red color tinged with ruby red reflections. It expresses ripe cherry aromas and plush blackberry flavors. It is balanced and soft on the palate, with supporting structure and a clean, elegant finish. Our Merlot is a perfect match for a wide range of foods, particularly tomato-based pasta dishes, poultry and grilled meats.

Viticulture Notes
Harvest for the 2010 vintage took place in late August. This was a very unique year for Sicily as there was no need for any irrigation thanks to the abundant showers during Winter and Spring. These unusual showers did not have any negative effect on the overall quality of the grapes. Due to this unique weather, grapes arrived to ripening with a deep ruby color and a very elegant and fruity nose. The slow ripening of this vintage resulted in very soft and velvety tannins.

Winemaking Notes
The 2010 Merlot is made from 86.5% Merlot grapes, which were harvested at full maturity in late August and early September. They were then macerated for seven to ten days in stainless steel tanks under strict temperature control to preserve the bright fruit characteristics. After separation from the must, the wine remained on the lees until the end of malolactic fermentation to increase the wine’s complexity and body. Finally, the wine was racked to stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit flavors that are characteristic of this varietal.

Finished Wine
Varietal Content: 86.5% Merlot, 4.5% Syrah, 4.5% Nero d'Avola, 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Origin: IGT Sicilia
Alcohol Level: 13.53%
Residual Sugar: 0.61g/100ml
Titratability Acidicity: 0.57g/100ml
pH: 3.56

Ecco Domani Merlot pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, such as tomato-based pastas, grilled steak, and risotto. Try our food and wine recipe suggestions: Classic Lasagna and Farfalle Pasta with Chicken.

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