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Merlot IGT 'Decima Aurea', Tenuta Santa Maria

Merlot IGT 'Decima Aurea', Tenuta Santa Maria
  • 100% Merlot, from a selection of three clones grown at high-density, sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1991 in the Illasi Valley, 16km east of Verona.
  • First harvest takes place in late September, with the grapes being left to dry naturally for 1 month, followed by a second harvest of very ripe grapes in the first half of October
  • The two harvests are left to ferment and macerate separately
  • The wine is then blended and aged in barrique for 14 months prior to bottling
  • 1,000 cases produced annually
Producer:
Vintage:
2011
Country:
Italy
Region:
Veneto
Appellation:
IGT Veneto
Variety:
Merlot
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
2021-02-23
Review:
The 2011 Decima Aurea is surprisingly elegant and poised, especially considering the ripe vintage. A mix of savory exotic spice and white smoke gives way to ripe blackberry and plums and a refreshing hint of mint leaf. It’s silky and polished, gaining tactile grip as tart red and black berries mix with salty minerals, while tannins mount toward the close. The length here is admirable, and there’s beautiful symmetry as well, staining the palate in concentrated dark fruits while flexing its youthful structure. The 2011 needs a few more years to come into focus, but it should drink beautifully for a decade or more thereafter. This single-vineyard, varietal Merlot undergoes partial appassimento and is then refined in French oak for 14 months prior to bottling.