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Podere Ciona, Le Diacce Merlot I.G.T.
(lay dee-AH-chay mayr-LOH)

 

Tasting Notes: Grown at high altitude in Chianti Classico (approximately 1,800 feet above sea level), this Merlot from Podere Ciona is remarkably clear in style and tension, with stinging, bright red fruits, subtle smoky notes, and a firm-bodied lushness that befits exceptional Merlot. This decadent, feminine wine is one of our favorites and if you should find one of the few available bottles, it is a wine not to be missed!

Location Toscana, Italia.
(Montegrossi)
4 hectares.
Soil Weathered sandstone.
Estate Podere Ciona.
(poh-DAY-ray chee-OH-nah)
Vine Horizontal Spurred Cordon.
5,000 vines/hectare.
1 bottle/plant yield.
Winemaker Franco & Lorenzo Gatteschi.
(FRAHN-ko gah-TAES-key)
(lo-RAINT-zo gah-TAES-key)
Vinification Fermentation in temp controlled stainless steel tanks. Extended maceration on the skins.
Varietals 92% Merlot,
8% Alicante Bouschet.
Barrel 1st passage French barrique.
Residual Sugar 1.7 grams per liter. Maturation 18 months in the barrel.
10+ months in the bottle.
Acidity 5.47 grams per liter. Vintage Production 450 cases.
Alcohol 13.9% by volume. Foot Fairing Pork tenderloin, wild game, and Fontina and sage bruschetta.
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