1997 Avignonesi "Desiderio" Merlot Toscana

SKU #992300 91 points Wine Spectator

 Unusual red here. Plum skin and tobacco character. Full-bodied, with lovely coconut and raspberry flavors. Delicious finish. Outstanding Merlot.  (10/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Blackish ruby color. Expansive, penetrating aromas of plum, mocha, vanilla and tar. Round and elegant, but with substantial concentration and extract. Velvety and long. Shows the alcoholic warmth and very ripe fruit of the 1997 vintage. Shapely, classy wine.  (7/2000)


 Ripe blackberry nose with oak and cedar complexity. Good fine tannins and a hint of chocolate. Very long.  (5/2001)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan