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Villa Sandi Il Fresco Rose

Rosé Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy
    11.4% ABV
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    4.2 8 Ratings
    11.4% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Aromas of fresh berries and a hint of spice lead to a palate of crisp acidity and a creamy mouthfeel. This delightful sparkler is dry, fresh and zesty.

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    Villa Sandi

    Villa Sandi

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    Villa Sandi, , Italy
    Villa Sandi
    Villa Sandi, an exquisite Palladian-style villa dating back to 1622, is located at the foot of the Marca Trevigiana hills, a renowned winemaking area in the heart of the Province of Treviso. The Villa represents the combination of art and agriculture, which characterized the Venetian landscape in centuries past. The Moretti Polegato family, owners of the Villa, has a longstanding viticultural tradition for producing premium quality wines. Villa Sandi refrigerates the Prosecco must upon crushing, keeping it fresh and fermenting on demand. This unique method guarantees Villa Sand Prosecco is always fresh and lively and has ensured Villa Sandi’s standing as Italy’s leading Prosecco.

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    An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

    In the Glass

    Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

    Perfect Pairings

    Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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