Masut da Rive – Merlot Riserva ‘Semidis’ DOC – 2007

Producer: Masut da Rive
Wine:  Merlot Riserva ‘Semidis’ DOC – 2007
Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Production Zone: Isonzo del Friuli DOC
Altitude: 120 feet above sea level
Surface Area/Yield: 2.5 acres, 1.8 tons per acre
Exposure: Southeast
Soil: Clay, Marl and Gravel.
Vinification & Aging: The grapes were harvested by hand in October, in the vineyard, where the vines are 60 years old. They underwent a long maceration process with techniques favoring the extraction of tannins, approximately 25 days, followed by a malolactic fermentation period. The wine was then placed directly in new French oak barriques where it was allowed to age for 12 to 16 months before bottling.  This wine is made only in the best vintages.
Production: 175 cases
Alcohol: 13.5%
Description: Intense ruby red color.  This is a big, complex wine with evolved aromas that range from earthy to sweet, red ripe fruits.  Full-bodied wine with an elegant and soft structure.  The extended maceration period gives this wine a particular maturity.
Food Pairing: Roasted, spiced meats; seasonal cheeses.
Rosso Masut Semidis