Paraschos - Merlot 2012
Organic, No Sulfur Added, Vegan
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
From the importer-
From 15 year old vines in Clay, Limestone, Gravel, and Marl soil. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and macerated in open topped wooden vats for 20 days without refrigeration. Hand punchdowns are performed about 4-5 times per day. The skins are pressed to stainless steel tanks for about 4 days at cellar temperature. Then the wine is racked, with the fine lees, to 2500 and 500-liter oak barrels for elevage.
Alexis Paraschos’s father Evangelos worked at his mother’s restaurant in Gorizia in Friuli in the 1980’s, that was where he encountered the wines of Radikon, Gravner, and Castellada. Fascinated by their work of the vines, and with whites wines macerated on the skins, the family purchased vineyards in the 1990’s and began to work in a similar fashion. The vines have now been worked organically since 2003, and no chemicals have been used in the winemaking. All of the wines are unfiltered, unfined and have zero sulfur added.