Pellegrini Family Vineyards Merlot - 3+3 Pack

by Wootbot

If it’s not Pellegrini, just say Mer-no!

Every year, thousands of people buy Merlot expecting to enjoy it. Every year thousands of people are disappointed.

“I guess, ever since I had that 2007 Cloverdale Ranch Merlot Alexander Valley,” says Gil Hartsman, “I just expected they would all have bright cherry fruit on the nose and a rich chocolate finish, you know?”

Hartsman suffers from a common condition known as PPFSRD - Post Pellegrini Family Standard-Raising Disorder. “All I did was have the 2007 Cloverdale and then move on to the 2009 Pellegrini Brothers Heritage Collection Merlot,” he said. “The 2009’s toasty oak and cedar from the oak barrel aging, the concentrated fruit flavors of strawberry, red cherry and raspberry, it all tasted so great at the time. Little did I know how damning they would be, how it would ruin me for all other vineyards.”

According to Dr. John Christopher, the medical term for what Hartsman experienced is the “Double Whammy.” “Just one bottle of Pellegrini Families Merlot can raise standards to dangerous levels, but two? Forget it. It’s over. Those standards are just too high for your everyday Merlot.”

But luckily, for Hartsman and others like him, there is hope. “As long as Pellegrini keeps making Merlot, I have a reason to keep drinking Merlot,” he said. “I’m determined, and with Pellegrini’s help, I’ll get through this.”

2007 Cloverdale Ranch Merlot
  • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot Winemaker: Kevin Hamel
  • Assistant Winemaker: Daniel Fitzgerald
  • Viticulturists: Arturo Robledo, Sr. and Arturo Robledo, Jr.
  • Production: 2,697 cases
Analysis at Harvest
  • Harvest:  August 28-31, 2007
  • Brix: 25.0°
  • TA: 0.6 g/100ml
  • pH: 3.42

Analysis at Bottling

  • Bottling Date: March 17, 2010
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • TA: 0.59 g/100ml
  • pH: 3.43
The 2007 vintage of our Cloverdale Ranch Merlot displays the character of the vintage – from the bright cherry fruit on the nose to the rich chocolate notes in the finish. There is a firm, tannic backbone which will carry the wine well through the next five-to-eight years.
2009 Pellegrini Brothers Heritage Collection Merlot
  • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot AVA
  • Vintage: 2009 North Coast
  • Alcohol: 14.6% 
  • pH: 3.6
  • TA: 5.1 g/L

The 2009 Pellegrini Brothers North Coast Merlot is one that will help bring this variety back to fame. Our Merlot delivers notes of toasty oak and cedar from the oak barrel aging, along with concentrated fruit flavors of strawberry, red cherry and raspberry. This Merlot is excellent now but will continue to mature and has the structure to develop beautifully. Drink now or within the next three years.


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