Ecco Domani Merlot displays a deep red color tinged with ruby-red reflections. Aromas of raspberry are evident with a hint of plum on the nose. This wine exhibits soft tannins with notes of spice, cherry, and licorice on the palate.
The warm Sicilian sun and fresh night breezes across the island provide the perfect climate for growing Merlot grapes with bright fruit aromas and soft, mature tannins. Grapes for our Merlot come from two different areas. On the southeast part of the island near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, sandy soil and a warm climate create grapes with great maturation, vibrant aromas and flavors, and velvety tannins. On the southwest part of the island close to the Valley of the Temples is a mountainous growing environment with heavy clay soil. Grapes mature slower here, resulting in deep color and extremely rich mouthfeel.
|Wine maker notes
The grapes were harvested upon full maturation at the end of September. The wine was vinified using an average maceration time of 8 to 10 days in small stainless steel tanks in order to promote greater surface contact between the skin and the must, which increases the extraction of polyphenols substances at a temperature of 26-28°C. Upon separation of the juice and the solids, the wine was refined in large oak casks until the completion of malolactic fermentation. In order to retain the characteristic fruity flavors of the wine, it was refined in stainless steel tanks.
Varietal Content 90% Merlot, 10% Primitivo
Appellation: delle Venezie
Residual sugar: .4 g/l00 ml
Total acidity: .51 g/l00 ml
|Ecco Domani Merlot pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, such as tomato-based pastas, grilled steak, and risotto.
|While much of Italy celebrates its past, northern Italy and Milan look to the future. This is where the style-setters create their art, whether it is high fashion, industrial and commercial design, cutting-edge furniture or a lighter, fresher, innovative style of cuisine. Ecco Domani, which means ”here’s tomorrow,” is part of this movement.
Distinctly Italian varietals, Ecco Domani wines are contemporary in style and taste. They are easy-to-drink, well-balanced wines concentrating on the best qualities of the fruit and the regions in which they are grown, rather than on excessive winemaker influence or oak aging.
Young Italian winemaker Fabrizio Gatto and his colleagues scour Italy’s premier growing regions for wines that express the best characteristics of the areas, creating wines that exhibit the best that Italy has to offer. The wines are fashioned into final blends and bottled in a stunning state-of-the-art facility in Trento, Italy. ”By choosing the very best grapes from the finest regions of Italy, it is possible for us to craft exquisite wines with marvelous complexity. The intricate fruit flavors which result in the finished wines are unsurpassed, and marry well with a variety of superb cuisines,” says Fabrizio Gatto.
Since Ecco Domani’s debut in 1996, it has become the leading premium Imported brand in the United States. Impact Magazine named Ecco Domani as a ”Hot Brand” for six consecutive years. The wines are currently sold in the United States, Canada and Northern Europe.