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Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona DOC

Avignonesi Desiderio, DOC Cortona

Quick Overview

Avignonesi's Desiderio is an outstandingly delicious Merlot from Cortona. Soft, with generous cherry-berry character and sweet spice aromas of cinnamon and vanilla. This is a plush, modern Merlot.

Availability: In stock

Online price €57.00

Further Details

‘Intense, deep red in colour, the main trait of Desiderio 2015 is the harmony between the sweet fruity notes, typical to Merlot, and the power, testament of the 2015 vintage. The bouquet is deeply endowed with black currant, myrtle, eucalyptus and black cherries. Very savoury, with hints of incense, the wine has velvety tannins and impressive persistence. Son of a warm vintage, vinified with great finesse.’

Plush and modern, Desiderio shows layers of complexity from the first glass, when gorgeous aromas of fruitcake, truffles, violets, black olive and chocolate waft from the bowl. Powerful, yet refined, it really is a wine to savour and enjoy with another wine lover or two - "an overwhelming and sensual Merlot."

The grapes are sourced from the estates of La Selva and La Lombarda, both located between the historic towns of Valiano and Cortona, within the Cortona DOC appellation.

The Desiderio Merlot is named after the white bull you see on the label.

This impressive animal, weighing 1,673 kg / 3,688 lbs, lived on Avignonesi's estate Le Capezzine towards the end of the 19th century. He was, in fact, the largest bull in Cortona and was used to sire the rest of the cattle from the local breed "Chianina" in the region.

The Chianina has earned its fame as the breed which gives us the delicious meat for the famous "bistecca fiorentina " (Florentine T-bone steak) and is easily recognizable due to its striking white colour.

The bull Desiderio is known and recognized as one of the forefathers of the Chianina breed, together with another bull by the name of Donetto. In fact, when you savour a bistecca fiorentina today, there is a good chance you will find some Desiderio DNA in it.

Avignonesi decided to honour this majestic animal by naming one of its most emblematic wines after it: the Desiderio Merlot, which, just like the bull, is full, impressive, and sensual.

Consistent scores of 90-94 in the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator.

    • Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2015


  • 91/100 "Flavors of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice enliven this ripe, juicy red. The tannins are dense and firm, and the finish stays fresh and long. Drink now through 2021."
    BS, Wine Spectator

Additional Information

Supplier's website Avignonesi
Vintage 2015
certified organic Yes (from 2015)
Grape variety Merlot
Alcohol % 14.5%
Technical sheet Download supplier's pdf here

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