Bosco del Merlo is located in Annone Veneto in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. It was founded in 1977 by the Paladin family. See also Castello Bonomi in Franciacorta, CastelVecchi in Chianti Classico DOCG.

Owner: The Paladin family, siblings Carlo, Lucia and Roberto. Carlo’s daughter is Francesca.

Vineyards2017 55ha (650,000 bottles). Only estate bottled wines.

Viticulture: 2017 Integrated pest management (IPM).

Sparkling wines

Prosecco DOC Brut, Bosco del Merlo: 2016 Glera mainly plus a bit of Pinot Noir. 7.5g/l RS. From 20ha of Glera with another 20ha newly planted in Annone on the plain. 60% clay, have to work the soil as so much clay. Lime-rich soils provide aromas. Sweet icing sugar and pineapple notes when tasted at the winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Prosecco DOC Extra Dry, Bosco del Merlo2016 Glera + a bit of Pinot Noir. 11.5%. Nice dry style, fluffy, no real length when tasted at the winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Rabosos Spumante Bollicine Rosse, Paladin: ‘Our first grape to flower, our last grape to ripen.’ | NV (2016) 11%. Grapes from the Bosco del Merlo esate. 20 g/l RS. Thick texture, with nice fruit and a hint of greenness at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

White wines

Sauvignon Blanc, Terrain2016 13%. 4g/l. from Lison Pramaggiore. Picked in various stages. 50,000 bottles. Well put together when tasted at the estate in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Chardonnay, Nicopeja2016 Venezie. 30,000 bottles. Sweet and grassy when tasted at the estate in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Verduzzo, Soandre: 2013 Lison-Pramaggiore DOC: 50% late harvest, 50% passito. 13%. Woody, quite soft, and a bit lolly, lacking a bit of lift at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Pink wines

Rosato, Bosco del Merlot

Red wines

Merlot, Bosco del Merlot: 2013 13.5%. 20K. Pretty nose, bit of licorice, green, smooth, soft at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017. Foudres (20-30hl), and barrel for 12m.

Merlot, Campo Camino: From Lison Pramaggiore. Vines lie near the Campo Camino or ‘chimney field’), referring to the tall chimneyed local brick furnaces.

Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso Riserva2006 Lison Pramaggiore Not too herbal, nice fluidity, easy going when tasted at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017. / 2013 Riserva Oaky new wood, bright fruit underneath, bit international when tasted at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017.

Syrah, Paladin: Grapes are dried on the vine. 15-20% from their Tuscan estate, this estate, and purchased grapes. 13.5% + 20g/l. 6-7 months in old barrels. 3-4 weeks of drying. Minty sweet raspberries at their winery in Annone Veneto 10 June 2017. 100,000 bottles.

Sweet wines

Verduzzo, Seandre: 2008 Veneto Verduzzo IGP. 100% passito grapes. 5m of apassimento. 5,000 bottles.

Contact

Bosco del Merlo

Via Postumia 12/A

I-30020 Annone Veneto (VE = Venezia), Italy.