Toros winery has a history of over a century: its foundation dates back to the beginning of 1900, and is the result of several migrations of Toros family, and its final settlement in Novali, nearby the iconic Cormòns, the Collio Friulano beating heart. The vinification rooms were originally intended as stables for cows, according to the ideas of the founder Edoardo, and it was only with the mechanization of agronomic practices that (emptied of animals) they were used as a cellar. The more specifically viticultural tradition then passed from the grandfather Edoardo to his nephew Mario who expanded it, starting from an spreading of the vineyards, up to cover 11 hectares.
Those same lands, since 1987, are cultivated and guarded by Franco, son of Mario and author of the final leap in quality of the winery and its wines. In the first place, Franco worked to the vineyards restructuring, essential to get the most from the temperature range, the microclimate and the ventilation of those ponka-rich soils. Franco’s watchword is “respect”: human intervention must be reduced to a minimum in order to preserve the natural balance, the ecosystem and biodiversity in the vineyard, while in the cellar operations must be few, simple and with the least possible use of artificial devices.
This Merlot Etichetta Rossa comes from grapes manually harvested which ferment and macerate in stainless steel for about 20 days; then the wine ages in barriques for about 2 and a half years before bottling and marketing.
The 2015 vintage, in the glass, shows an intense and impenetrable ruby color, and a great density. The aromas start with notes of cooked plum, black cherry jam and wild blackberry, then turn on toasted coffee, lacquering and tomato concentrate, and finish with echoes of incense, vinyl and a just hinted vanilla. The mouthfeel is textured and dense, with a rich tannic texture, really elegant, a good glyceric sweetness balanced by a refreshing bitter vein, and a long finish with dark fruit and woody tones.
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