On the Bolgherese provincial road, in the heart of the best production of Bolgheri wines, the Folonari family cultivates about 17 acres of Merlot destined for the production of Baia al Vento. It is a vineyard characterized by soils rich in minerals and iron that give the wine structure, elegance and abundance of aroma.

92 Points
2020 vintage
94 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2020 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter with sporadic rainfall. The sudden return of colder temperatures in March brought a frost that occurred at the end of the month, causing some damage to the newly hatched buds. Temperatures increased from mid-April with spring regularly supporting good flowering and fruit sets. These took place between the end of May and the beginning of June. The summer was generally hot and dry, but without high heat peaks. September could be described as having above average temperatures until the very last week of the month, the period thereafter was a generally a cool and rainy climate that lasted until October.
Tasting Note
This wine, characterized by a remarkable density, combines its impenetrable dark color with very rich scents blending blackcurrant and blackberries jam, with savage tones of black truffle. On the palate its volume is exceptional, opulent, with very subtle tannins.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with meats. Villa di Nozzole recommends pairing with wild boar stew with chanterelles and blueberries.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Merlot
PH: 3.56
ACIDITY: 5.4 g/l
ABV: 15.5%
AGING: 16-18 months in 500 liters "tonneaux" made of French oak, half of them new, the other half aged one year. Minimum 12 months in bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • Grapes coming from the best vineyards of the estate, in Bolgheri district.
  • Grown from clay-loam soils rich in skeletral material.

About the Grape

Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
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