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Ecco Domani

Ecco Domani
2017 Merlot, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .50%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
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Ecco Domani
2017 Merlot, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .50%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry jam, black tea, crystalized violet petals, and dark chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, easy finish that shows elements of toasted scone with lemon curd with light oak flavor. A juicy palate-pleaser to wash down albondigas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: fresh blackberry jam, black tea, crystalized violet petals, and dark chocolate
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of toasted scone with lemon curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy palate-pleaser to wash down albondigas.

The Producer

Ecco Domani USA Inc.

The Producer
3387 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-431-5616

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.