This is a wine of great structure and character, combined with a pleasant fruity sweetness. ‘La Historia di Italia’ is well balanced and harmonic wine with appropriate freshness and mature, velvet tannins. It possesses a lingering and distinct aromatic finish with fruity flavours of plums mixed with balsamic flavours. Serving temperature: 18-20 ° C
n Italy, there were 25,614 hectares (63,290 acres) of the grape planted in 2000 with more than two-thirds of Italian Merlot being used in Indicazione geografica tipica (IGT) blends (such as the so-called "Super Tuscans") versus being used in classified Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) or Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines. A large portion of Merlot is planted in the Friuli wine region where it is made as a varietal or sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. In other parts of Italy, such as the Maremma coast in Tuscany, it is often blended with Sangiovese to give the wine a similar softening effect as the Bordeaux blends.