Familigia Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
The name, Sodale, derives from the Italian sodalizio which translates as solidarity, or a strong bond. Sodale refers as much to the bond between the estate's founders, Riccardo and Renzo, and their daughters, Dominga, Marta and Enrica, now managing the estate as it does the bond between this daily drinkerand the Cotarella Family's flagship Merlot, Montiano.
About the Vineyard
Sodale is composed of 100% Merlot. These Merlot vines thrive on the calcium-rich, volcanic soils of Montefiascone in Lazio.
Merlot grapes are vinified in temperature controlled steel tanks followed by 9 months' rest in 325 L French barrels, half of which are new.
Deep purple in color, Sodale is redolant with inky black fruit, sweet spice, and mineral- all of which are woven together tighlty with a degree of finesse that calls its revered cousin, Montiano, to mind. On the palate the wine is juicy yet structured with abundant tannin that is polished and supple in texture. A balanced finish of medium length begs another sip and makes Sodale an indespensable everyday drinker.
Pair Sodale with your mid-week supper, or a more carefully coordinated affair. A stuffed portobello mushroom, a slow-cooked Bolognese sauce, or a seared shell steak with frites and a red wine reduction would all pair beautifully with Sodale.
Alcohol - 13.5 %
pH level - 3.7
Residual sugar - 2 g/L
Acidity - 5 g/L
Dry extract - 31 g/L
Varietal composition - 100% Merlot
Prefermentation Technique - Cold soak
Fermentation container - Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container - 50% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation - 15 days
Fermentation temperature - 82 °F
Maceration technique - Pumpovers
Maceration length - 10
Malolactic fermentation - Yes
Fining agent - Animal based
Type of aging container - Barrels
Length of bottle aging - 10 months
Size of aging container - 325 L
Type of oak - French
Length of aging before bottling - 9 months
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