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Soliti Merlot 2016

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Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone

How much? Claudio must have got his pricing wrong… Quick, get as much as you can before he clicks! A luscious, concentrated and plummy Merlot from a 2.5 hectare plot on the Il Cascinone estate that punches well above its weight. Carlo Manera has given this a new lease of life from the 2016 vintage with ageing in oak giving added complexity.

Meet the producer

Il Cascinone was acquired by leading Piemonte producer Araldica in 1999 - an exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills which...

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Production

The Merlot grapes are grown in a single block of just 2.5 Ha, planted in 2000 on south, south west facing slopes to encourage ripening. Cool nights on the hillside vineyards also encourages the development of fruity characters in the finished wine. The must is carefully fermented at controlled temperatures (26-28 degrees C) for 15 days to ensure plenty of fruit extraction. The wine is then racked at least twice before being transferred to barriques and traditional Piemontese tini (large conical wooden vats) for malolactic fermentation and maturation for 8-10 months.

Tasting notes

An opulent nose with plum, blackberry and savoury spice characters. Full flavoured with layers of fleshy black fruit and toasty spice backed by firm, ripe tannins and dark chocolate notes on the finish.

Food match

Drink with grilled red meats, roast duck, rich stews or pasta with intense tomato sauces.

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