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Vignamaggio Merlot di Santa Maria 2015

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Product description

Nestled between forests and streams on the Chianti hills, Vignamaggio is an organic farm with a historic wine cellar that has been in operation since 1404. The estate sprawls over more than 400 hectares, with vineyards, vegetable and ornamental gardens and a taste of la dolce vita for anyone who desires it.

After more than 25 years of Merlot cultivation at Vignamaggio, the estate decided to dedicate a Cru to it, an expression of the best vineyard, actually called Santa Maria at Petriolo, west facing and close to the villa.

The Merlot di Santa Maria blends the fruity notes of the variety with the characteristic elegance and freshness of Vignamaggio and the Greve territory. The wine is aged for about 20 months in French oak barriques, some new and some used, and in bottles for another six months.

Bright ruby colour with a dark tone. On the nose, it is intense, with notes of blueberry and licorice. In the mouth it is full but not dominant; the tannins are soft and sweet, and the finish is spicy. 

92 Points - James Suckling

Pretty Merlot with green olive and berry character. Hints of chocolate and leather, too. Medium to full body, round and savoury tannins. Give it a year or two to soften.

92 Points - Vinous

The 2015 Merlot di Santa Maria is another impressive wine in this range from Vignamaggio. Black cherry, chocolate, mocha, spice and new leather all flesh out in a deep, succulent wine loaded with personality as well as character. Readers should expect a rich, flamboyant style with ripeness pushed to the edge. All the elements come together nicely in this heady, exotic Merlot from Vignamaggio.