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Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot Toscana IGT 2018

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 94 Points
Country:Italy
Region:Tuscany
Winery:Avignonesi
Grape Type:Merlot
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2018
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot Toscana IGT is made from Merlot.

Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot has an explosive olfactory impact. The wide aromatic bouquet ranges from cherry and plum jam to notes of black tea, rhubarb and graphite, with small final notes of fermented tobacco. The entrance is bursting. The palate is invested by the imposing and typical structure of Tuscan Merlot, enveloping and warm. Tastefully in symbiosis with the olfactory notes, the dense and linear tannin accompanies hints of coconut and black pepper in retrolfaction.

Review:

A gorgeous merlot with so much plum, olive, chocolate and fresh herb, such as tobacco. It’s full and focused with a dense center palate, yet it remains lively and focused. From organically grown grapes. Best after 2024, but already wonderful to taste and drink.

James Suckling 94 Points



Winery: Avignonesi
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 Location :

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Terroir :
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Ageing :
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Review:

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Review:


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Review:


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Review:

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