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Avignonesi Cortona Merlot Desiderio 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - A generous red that shows exuberance and tension. Medium to full body, silky tannins and superb intensity of berries, crushed chocolate...
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Barone Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana Igt 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Aromas of currants, fresh sage and mint follow through to a full to medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. Attractive fruit,...
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Castello Di Ama Vigna L'apparita 2013 1.5Ltr

Rated 98 - The highlight in this range, the 2013 L'Apparita is a real stunner. Deep, explosive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013...
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Castello Di Ama Vigna L'apparita 2013 3Ltr

Rated 98 - The highlight in this range, the 2013 L'Apparita is a real stunner. Deep, explosive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013...
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Castello Di Ama Vigna L'apparita 2013 750ml

Rated 98 - The highlight in this range, the 2013 L'Apparita is a real stunner. Deep, explosive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013...
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Falesco Montiano Lazio Igt 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - A red with dark-chocolate, coffee and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a soft, silky finish. Delicious. Love...
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Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Cont'ugo 2013 750ml

Rated 92+ - The 2013 Bolgheri Cont'Ugo is once again terrific. Expressive, floral aromatics balance the generosity of Bolgheri Merlot in a refined,...
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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2013 750ml

Rated 99 - Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. It changes all the time and is very...

2013 Italy Merlot

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

With its dark blue colored fruits and high juice content, Merlot varietal grapes have long been a favorite of wine producers around the globe, with it being found in vineyards across Europe, the Americas and elsewhere in the New World. One of the distinguishing features of Merlot grapes is the fact that they have a relatively low tannin content and an exceptionally soft and fleshy character, meaning they are capable of producing incredibly rounded and mellow wines. This mellowness is balanced with plenty of flavor, however, and has made Merlot grapes the varietal of choice for softening other, more astringent and tannin-heavy wines, often resulting in truly exceptional produce. Merlot is regarded as one of the key 'Bordeaux' varietals for precisely this reason; when combined with the drier Cabernet Sauvignon, it is capable of blending beautifully to produce some of the finest wines available in the world.