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Sassonero - Merlot Colli Euganei DOC

Typology: Organic red wines

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Complexity and dynamism in the glass provide emotions that captivate at first sip: a Merlot with a strong character.

The Sassonero Merlot Colli Euganei DOC from the Zanovello red wine selection is a full-bodied and enveloping Merlot. The surprising persistence and complexity of taste and fragrance make this red wine a Ca’ Lustra excellence.
Difficulties temper man and vine: our Merlot vines, fearless, face torrid and dry summers generating an intense and heady wine, suitable for ageing.


  • 2023
    Vitae, AIS: Sassonero 2018 - 3 Vines
  • 2023
    Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2018 - 2 red glasses*
  • 2023
    I Vini di Veronelli: Sassonero 2018 - 88 points, 2 stars
  • 2022
    Go Wine: Sassonero 2017 - Top Wine
  • 2022
    Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2017 - 2 red glasses*
  • 2022
    Vitae, AIS: Sassonero 2017 - 3 Vines
  • 2021
    Go Wine: Sassonero 2016 - Top Wine
  • 2021
    Civiltà del bere – WOW!: Sassonero 2016 - Gold Medal
  • 2021
    Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2016 - 2 red glasses*
  • 2021
    Vitae, AIS: Sassonero 2016 - 3 Vines
  • 2020
    Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2015 - 2 red glasses*
  • 2020
    Vitae, AIS: Sassonero 2015 - 3 Vines
  • 2020
    Go Wine: Sassonero 2015 - Top Wine
  • 2019
    Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2013 - 2 red glasses
  • 2019
    Premio MondoMerlot: Sassonero 2015 - Silver Medal
  • 2019
    Premio Speciale BioDiVino: Sassonero 2015 - Silver Medal
  • 2019
    Go Wine: Sassonero 2013 - Top Wine


  • Grape varieties Merlot
  • Alcohol % vol 14.5

Technical Data

  • Total acidity 6 g/l
  • Sugar 2 g/l
  • pH N/A
  • Total sulfites 20 mg/l

Vintage notes

Memorable for its balance and complexity, 2019 gave us wines that were excellent right from the start and capable of surprising evolution.

Production batch



  • Amount 18876
  • Bottle colour
  • Capacity 0,75
  • Typology Bordeaux bottle
  • Recycling indications

Sensorial analysis

The low yield and ageing in wooden barrels make Sassonero a full-bodied and enveloping Merlot Colli Euganei DOC. A red wine with fruity aromas of blackberries, plums, morello cherries and ripe cherries, surrounded by floral notes of geranium and violets and a delicate spiciness. The elegant structure is balanced by silky tannins, high dryness and great freshness.

History and production of Merlot

Originally from the Gironde in France, Merlot has spread to Italy since the second half of the 19th century.

Our Merlot vines, located on shallow soils and surrounded by outcrops of red limestone scales, 'cling' to the mother rock, generating an intense red wine. Sassonero is named after Sassonegro, the place where we cultivate our vines.
The ruby red colour is impenetrable and dense, immediately revealing the wine’s complexity; the nose opens with heady floral notes and scents of jam and ripe fruit that evolve into balsamic and spicy hints. The excellent tannic texture makes our Sassonero a soft Merlot with a long persistence.


Sassonero Merlot is ideal to accompany a platter of cold cuts, as well as second courses of meat, in particular a delicious pork fillet with plums. Leave to decant and serve at around 18°C.


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