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Tellus Merlot 2014

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Italian Merlot is often framed by two primary characteristics: dark fruit aromas (black fruits) and a savory, earthy complexity (herbal, truffle). Tellus Merlot exhibits a rich, plush mouthfeel from the long skin maceration of 18 days, with medium tannic structure enhanced by the use of Nevers barriques.

Merlot is generally soft, ripe and fleshy, with moderate acidity and tannins. These characteristics segue nicely into a range of dishes. Pair with roasted vegetables to balance out the inherent sweetness of beets, carrots, or squash. Merlot capably adds dimension and lift to seafood marked by spice flavors such as blackened fish, and elaborate rice dishes such as jambalaya or paella.

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James Suckling
A long-established red with berry and hazelnut character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish. Very attractive. Drink now.
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Tellus wines are produced by the Falesco winery. It showcases unique traditional native wines as well as international varietals. The winery is located in Umbria’s Montecchio municipality, near Orvieto in the southwestern area that borders the Lazio region. The region is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west and Italy’s mountainous center to the east. The dry, perfectly drained, volcanic terroir offers ideal growing conditions for textured reds and crisp, refreshing whites.

The winery’s mission is manifold: to rediscover and promote Italy’s native varietals, to identify terroir areas with the ability to produce high-quality wines, to perform ongoing research and experimentation in winemaking and vineyard management, and to continually improve the quality of all Falesco products. Countless worldwide accolades and the winery’s commercial success attest to the results achieved here.

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Centered upon the lush Apennine Range in the center if the Italian peninsula, Umbria is one of the few completely landlocked regions in Italy. It’s star red grape variety, Sagrantino, finds its mecca around the striking, hilltop village of Montefalco. The resulting wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, is an age-worthy, brawny, brambly red, bursting with jammy, blackberry fruit and earthy, pine forest aromas. By law this classified wine has to be aged over three years before it can be released from the winery and Sagrantino often needs a good 5-10 more years in bottle before it reaches its peak. Incidentally these wines often fall under the radar in the scene of high-end, age-begging, Italian reds, giving them an almost cult-classic appeal. They are undoubtedly worth the wait!

Rosso di Montefalco, on the other had, is composed mainly of Sangiovese and is a more fruit-driven, quaffable wine to enjoy while waiting for the Sagrantinos to mellow out.

Among its green mountains, perched upon a high cliff in the province of Terni, sits the town of Orvieto. Orvieto, the wine, is a blend of at least 60% Trebbiano in combination with Grechetto, with the possible addition of other local white varieties. Orvieto is the center of Umbria’s white wine production—and anchor of the region’s entire wine scene—producing over two thirds of Umbria’s wine. A great Orvieto will have clean aromas and flavors of green apple, melon and citrus, and have a crisp, mineral-dominant finish.

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STC652827_2014 Item# 434824

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