Sweet, forward blackberry and currant flavors lead into this wine's supple, medium bodied palate and are followed by distinct notes of herbs and hay over a fresh acidic note and background tannins.
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Bollini Merlot is styled to show the fresh, pure varietal character of the fruit, with an especially fragrant, aromatically perfumed bouquet. The palate is crisp, fresh and silky, with black fruit flavors, excellent balance and a texture of medium body. Subtle earthy, herbal notes supported by integrated tannins carry into the finish, make this wine an ideal choice for frequent, casual consumption.
Wine maker notes
Bollini Merlot is produced at vinification facilities near the city of Trento from superbly exposed, meticulously cultivated hillside vineyards. Overseen by consulting oenologist Franco Bernabei, and styled according to the specifications of Neil Empson, the wine is crafted by winemakers trained at the nearby Istituto Agrario Provinciale di San Michele all'Adige, renown for its oenological research. Hand harvested grapes are destemmed and crushed, and vinification is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and followed by approximately 12 to 15 months' aging in large Slavonian oak casks, depending on the vintage.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Merlot
MAXIMUM YIELD: 110 quintals/hectare
of which 68% may produce wine
(+68 hl/ha; 305 cases/acre)
MINIMUM ALCOHOL: 11%
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5%
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.
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