Baracchi Smeriglio Merlot Cortona 2008

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 132250
  • red wine
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Baracchi's Merlot is a smooth, silky wine that has cherry on the nose, as well as hints of graham cracker and chocolate; the palate experiences a textured combination of soft, sweet and pleasantly salty tastes, lingering finish and aftertaste of fruit. The Smeriglio Merlot goes well with food and will stand the test of time, able to be enjoyed now or over the next 15 years.

Learn About Baracchi

Originally the 17th Century villa of poet Antonio Guadagnoli, The Baracchi estate is located on a beautiful slope just east of Cortona overlooking Valdichiana Valley. Riccardo Baracchi and his son Benedetto restored the property in hopes of continuing their family practice of grape growing and winemaking, a tradition that dates back to 1860. Currently the Baracchi estate covers 60 hectares of land, 22 of which are planted with vineyards. The charming Relais Il Falconiere, exquisite luxury hotel, spa, and Michelin rated restaurant, is nestled between the old groves and new vineyards.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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