Grape: 90% Merlot, 10% Carmenere. Region: Italy> Trentino> Dolomiti. Notes: From the best old vines of Merlot and Carmenere (10yr to 20yr old vines). 14 months in small barrique.
Description: In 1646 the Gresti family (grape growers) was asked by the Church to cultivate the vines surrounding the church of San Leonardo. By 1724 the Gresti family leased the vines and by 1770 purchased the land and vines. The estate has been in the family ever since. Their wine is known as the best example of Bordeaux varietals in Italy. Intense ruby red, it has a broad, pervasive nose with lingering notes of tobacco and intriguing hints of vanilla and cocoa powder. The palate finds a perfect balance of softness and acidity with the sweet, elegantly assertive and velvet-smooth tannins that are the hallmark of Merlot grape varietal.
Food Pairing: Red meat dishes, poultry, roasts, braised or stewed meats, game and mature cheeses. etc.