Sassonero – DOC Colli Euganei Merlot
Sassonero – DOC Colli Euganei Merlot
The DOC Colli Euganei Merlot Sassonero from the Zanovello red wine selection is a full-bodied, enveloping Merlot, a sincere reflection of the unique characteristics of the Euganean Hills territory. 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 surrounded by the outcrops of red limestone scales typical of these soils. They present shallow depths in which the plants ‘cling’ to the mother rock, generating an intense Merlot. 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.
Pairings with our Merlot Sassonero
The low yield and ageing in wooden barrels make Sassonero a full-bodied, soft and elegant DOC Colli Euganei Merlot, ideal to accompany a platter of cold cuts and salami, as well as second courses of meat, in particular a delicious pork fillet with plums. Leave to decant and serve at around 18°C.
History and production of Merlot
Originally from the Gironde in France, Merlot has spread to Italy since the second half of the 19th century.
A gentle wine with fruity, round and ripe notes and delicate tannins. Merlot prefers soils rich in organic substance and well supplied with water. As it is an early variety that tends to concentrate sugars, we harvest the grapes at a time when the sugar residue is not yet too high: only in this way can we obtain a balanced red wine. Furthermore, with a deep respect for the plant, we have always worked for a limited productivity of the vines.
We thus obtain a full-bodied Merlot that is prepared for long ageing in wooden barrels, which gives this fine red wine softness and elegance.
Our Sassonero is named after Sassonegro, the place where we cultivate our vines.
2022 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2017 – 2 red glasses*
2021 Go Wine – Top Wine: Sassonero 2017
2021 Civiltà del bere – WOW! The Italian Wine Competition: Sassonero 2016 – Gold Medal
2021 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2016 – 2 red glasses*
2020 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2015 – 2 red glasses*
2021 Go Wine – Top Wine: Sassonero 2016
2020 Vitae, AIS: Sassonero 2015 – 3 Vines
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 – Top Wine: Sassonero 2013
2018 Go Wine – Top Wine: Sassonero 2012
2018 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2012 – 2 red glasses
2018 I Vini di Veronelli: Sassonero 2012 – 89 points
2017 “Selezione del Sindaco”: Sassonero 2012 – Golden Medal
2017 Premio Speciale BioDivino: Sassonero 2012 – Golden Medal
2017 Bioweinpreis: Sassonero 2012 – Golden Medal, 92 points
2017 Go Wine – Top Wine: Sassonero 2011
2017 I Vini di Veronelli: Sassonero 2011 – 3 red stars, 91 points
2016 I Vini di Veronelli: Sassonero 2010 – 2 red stars, 88 points
2015 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2010 – 2 red glasses
2013 L’Espresso: Sassonero 2009 – 3 bottles
2013 I Vini di Veronelli: Sassonero 2009 – 2 stars, 87 points
2013 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2009 – 2 red glasses
2013 “Selezione del Sindaco”: Sassonero 2009 – Golden Medal
2011 Aldeno, Merlot d’Italia: Sassonero 2008 – 3° classified
2009 Aldeno, Merlot d’Italia: Sassonero 2007 – 2° classified
2008 Gambero Rosso: Sassonero 2005 – 3 glasses
2005 Aldeno, Merlot d’Italia: Sassonero 2003 – 1° classified
2003 Aldeno, Merlot d’Italia: Sassonero 2001 – 1° classified