La Palazzola Merlot 1999 Front Label
La Palazzola Merlot 1999 Front Label

La Palazzola Merlot 1999

Merlot from Italy
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In French, the word Merlot means "young blackbird" probably in reference to the grape's beautiful dark-blue color. Hence a beautifully colored wine from La Palazzola. The perfume is reminiscent of dark woodberries and the fruit on the palate is very rich. The wine coats the mouth and rounds out in a long finish balanced by firm tannins. Recommended with roasted red meats and hearty dishes but also pairs well with fuller flavored fish, particularly salmon and others prepared in rich or spicy sauces.

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La Palazzola, Italy
This estate, belonging to Stefano Grilli, is one of the biggest surprises to come out of Umbria. The success of the winery is due in large part to the efforts of Riccardo Cotarella, who became their winemaker within the past 5 years. The Umbrian penchant for the vine has been known since pre-Roman times - evidence of which is found in the architecture of La Palazzola.

In the past, La Palazzola sold their grapes to other wineries. But Cotarella, recognizing the vast potential of the area's fruit, soil and exposure, encouraged them to produce their own wine. Today they make their excellent wines from the fruit of their vineyards only.

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While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.

The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.

For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau, Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.

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