The Italian wine producer Mezzacorona has launched a new red blend, DiNotte.
DiNotte will be available in U.S. markets in March.
Translating to “at night,” DiNotte includes two native varieties that grow in the foothills of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy: teroldego and marzemino.
Teroldego (70%) displays flavors of plum, blackberry and blueberry, the company says, with a full-bodied texture and structure. This variety has its own DOC in Trentino called Piana Rotaliana, which mezzacorona helped to establish in 1971. Mezzacorona is the largest grower of Teroldego Rotaliano worldwide.
Rounding out the remaining 30% of the blend, marzemino (15%) offers red fruit notes with a soft, velvety mouthfeel, the company says, while merlot (15%) balances the wine with aromas of vanilla and cocoa.
“We wanted to create a special wine that reflects the unique alpine qualities of Trentino: the days are warm and sunny, often reaching 90-95°F during the growing season; however, there is a large diurnal temperature shift, with nighttime temperatures of 50°F,” says Mezzacorona Gruppo’s Head Winemaker Maurizio Maurizi. “The night is truly what defines this wine, producing perfectly balanced grapes that are transformed into a charming wine that is easy to drink.”
DiNotte is produced using red vinification techniques and matured in second-use French oak barrels for six months.
“The DiNotte red blend was developed as a necessary addition to our Mezzacorona profile,” says Barbara Darra, global marketing manager for Gruppo Mezzacorona. “We wanted to bring this red blend to life to offer our consumers a richer, bolder wine that is intended to be enjoyed particularly at night, a deviation from our usual bright and airy offerings.”
DiNotte joins Mezzacorona’s portfolio of 750-ml. bottled wines, which includes single varietal whites and reds, Mezzacorona Rosé and Mezza di Mezzacorona Brut and Rosé sparkling wines.
DiNotte is imported by Prestige Wine Imports, and will be available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $10.99.