Luna di Luna Merlot/Cabernet
Grapes: Merlot (60%), Cabernet (40%)
Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in France’s Bordeaux region, although it is eclipsed in stature by cabernet sauvignon, the grape with which it is routinely blended. In recent years, Merlot has enjoyed an explosion in popularity, especially in the United States, South America, Italy and Australia. In California, plantings have risen from 4,000 acres in 1988 to over 50,000 today.
A thin-skinned variety, merlot ripens earlier in the season then cabernet sauvignon and is less hardy, prone to a variety of ailments from shatter (the loss of potential fruit during flowering of the vine) to rot and mildew. It is more adaptable to cool climates than cabernet sauvignon, but similarly prefers a relatively warm growing environment.
Merlot’s popularity is due to the fact that it is softer, fruitier, and earlier-maturing than cabernet sauvignon, yet displays many of the same aromas and flavours – black cherry, currant, cedar, and green olive – along with mint, tobacco and tea-leaf tones. Like cabernet, merlot is a good accompaniment to simply prepared beef and lamb dishes.
In the Vineyard
In the vineyard the viticultural team at Enoitalia work with the local farmers to create the perfect balance between perfume and structure, from the selection of the buds to the thinning of the fruit. For this reason each site of “Terre di Valfredda” vineyard is worked in a different way but with the same main objective, to create a wine with the best characteristics “Valfredda” has to offer.
The entire vinification process was carefully supervised under the direction of internationally acclaimed winemaker Riccardo Cotarella and his technical staff. Cotarella was particularly excited with the challenge of creating a world class Pinot Grigio from Trentino and by the extraordinary potential of “Terre di Valfredda”. With Riccardo Cotarella at the helm of the new Ca’ Montini Pinot Grigio, Enoitalia firmly believes that his involvement will further attest that this meticulous site selection and world-class winemaking can produce prestigious wines of authenticity and quality from this region.