Starting in the mid-1980s, Count Brandino Brandolini began to pursue his ambitious goal of producing world-class Merlot at his family’s picture-perfect 500-acre estate in the Friuli district of northeast Italy. After several years of study at the University of Bordeaux, and much time spent at the family’s Bordeaux estate, the highly regarded Château Greysac, Brandolini became convinced that Friuli possessed the ideal terroir for production of superb quality wine. Significant investments were made in the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and cellars which provided the opportunity for the production of these exceptional wines.
Conte Brandolini owns the 325-acre Cordignano estate in the Province of Treviso, where he produces varietal wines from Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, and Refosco. The Merlot comes from both the Cordignano estate and younger vines at another Brandolini property, Vistorta. These historic estates have been owned by the Brandolini family since 1780 and their line of estate-bottled wines represents the history and versatility of winemaking in Friuli.
Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
High-density, low-yield vineyard plots in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeast Italy. The soil is well-drained and rich in clay and limestone. From the Cordignano and Vistorta estates.
Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 days. In mid-winter, the wine is racked into small oak barrels. In May, it is bottled and cellared for some time before release.Fruity, slightly herbaceous, with distinct raspberry fragrance in youth, in time acquiring aromatic complexity and notes of cherry, berry and violets.
Full, dry and slightly tannic, with great body and texture.