Merlot – DOC Friuli Colli Orientali

The Merlot story in Friuli started towards the end of the 19th century when the variety found an ideal habitat in Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Colli Orientali. It takes its name, which may refer to the blackbird, from the dark blue colour of its berries. Merlot’s clusters recall the blackbird’s plumage and blackbirds are also particularly fond of the vine’s thin-skinned berries.
The nose unveils vibrant aromas of blueberry and raspberry-led berry fruits that lead into a fine-textured mouthfeel.

Grapes
Merlot
DOC zone
Friuli Colli Orientali
Provenance of grapes
From the “I Casali” vineyard of Castello di Buttrio
Appearance
Deep ruby red
Nose
Raspberry, blackberry and black cherry-like forest fruits mingle on the nose with understated spiciness
Palate
A plush wine with no rough edges, well-structured and nicely poised
Food matchings
A wine that complements a range of foods, from pasta and barley and beans with shin of pork to bean and sauerkraut jota soup. Lovely with stewed rabbit, guinea fowl, hen or goose and boiled meats. Equally tempting with Grado-style fish stew, fat-rich fish or savoury tomato-based fish soups and even stewed eel
Serving temperature
16-18 °C