Vignalta Merlot Riserva Colli Euganei DOC
WHY WE LOVE IT
- It is produced in a renowned Veneto wine-growing area, the Euganean Hills.
- Vignalta supports environmental sustainability. It was one of the first wineries in Italy to install a photovoltaic system.
- This vineyard management is focused on producing high quality and well-balanced grapes, vinified with “minimalist” enological techniques.
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Elaboration: The Merlot Riserva Colli Euganei DOC vineyard location is Euganean Hills, Arquà Petrarca, Baone (PD). The age of the vines is 20-30 years. The soil is limestone with South exposure. They use the Guyot pruning technique. The wine goes through temperature-controlled fermentation with frequent pumping over for two weeks. It is aged 36-months in French oak tonneaux at a temperature of 18° C.
Tasting Notes: A powerful and concentrated wine.
Brightening ruby. In the nose light animal-spicy tones, then after ripe cherries, red peppers and rose hips. On the palate very juicy and with clear fruit, spreads medium-weight, delicate griffin tannin accompanies the course, slightly salty, minimal nutrition. – Falstaff International, Wine & Food Publication
2015 – 92 Vinous
2018 – 91 Vinous
Founded by Lucio Gomiero in 1980, Vignalta is one of the most important wine-producing estates in the Euganean Hills. Over the years, it has produced some unique wines and won innumerable accolades both in Italy and abroad. From its inception, Vignalta has produced wines that capture the richness and uniqueness of its region due to the careful siting of each vineyard site on the sides of the highest of the Euganean Hills.
Since 1994, Vignalta has vinified its estate-grown grapes in its modern winery at Arquà Petrarca. Entirely dug into the rock, the winery blends beauty and functionality. Vignalta supports environmental sustainability and was one of the first wineries in Italy to install a photovoltaic system. Integrated pest management practices rely on antiparasitic treatments only when the symptoms of fungal diseases manifest. Vineyard management is focused on producing quality, well-balanced grapes, vinified with minimal enological techniques.