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Bolla Merlot 1.5L
Sku: 71510
Winemaker's Notes: Bright ruby red with a full bouquet of cranberries, cherries, plums and raspberries, Bolla Merlot has an appealing, bright black-cherry character enhanced by hints of licorice ...more
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Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub-Region: delle Venezie
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $12.99
On Sale $12.29
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Winemaker's Notes: Bright ruby red with a full bouquet of cranberries, cherries, plums and raspberries, Bolla Merlot has an appealing, bright black-cherry character enhanced by hints of licorice, vanilla and clove derived from the wood aging. It is medium-bodied, round on the palate, with a pleasant finish. Bolla uses only fully mature grapes, in order to achieve the maximum expression of Merlot’s varietal character. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and then undergoes malolactic fermentation. 10% of the wine is aged for 4 months in both American and French oak barrels before blending and bottling to add structure and character. Bolla Merlot is a perfect match for grilled red meats, cold meats, and semi-aged cheeses.
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Bright ruby red with a full bouquet of cranberries,cherries, plums and raspberries, Bolla Merlot has an appealing bright black-cherry character enhanced by hints of licorice, vanilla and clove derived from the wood aging. It is medium-bodied, round on the palate, with a pleasant finish.

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DISCOVERING ITALY’S POTENTIAL In 1969, Neil and Maria Empson had an idea to start a negociant business in France, based on their shared interest in wine. But their honeymoon to Italy in that year changed their plans: They realized that, in contrast to the well-populated wine brokerage business in France, virtually no one represented the small, quality-conscious producer-growers of Italy. Within two years they had a small portfolio of Italian producers, and with enterprise, perserverance and solid business integrity, the Empsons brought together over the next few years a portfolio of 65 exceptional producers under the Neil Empson Selections umbrella. FILLING A GAP, CREATING A WINERY One of the Empsons’ early exports, in the mid-1970s, was a Chardonnay from the Collio zone of Friuli, the first Chardonnay to be exported from Italy. The wine grew to represent nearly a third of the Empson Selections volume. When the producer’s contract came up for renewal, however, a major American importer negotiated the representation away from the Empsons. Undaunted, in 1979 Neil Empson created Bollini Chardonnay. He focused on the Trentino area’s tremendous potential for fine, quality white wines in the crisp, varietally distinctive style he had in mind, and enlisted the technical help of the region’s highly respected school of enology, the Istituto Agrario Provinciale of San Michele. Maria Empson provided the creative elements of packaging and promotional materials, and the brand was launched. It was not long before Bollini Chardonnay was joined by other wines grown in top vineyards in Trentino and Friuli. In a characteristic spirit of enterprise, Neil and Maria Empson have firmly set the Bollini brand on a path of innovation and tireless commitment to quality.