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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.”
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
TA: 0.6 g/100ml
Analysis at Bottling
Bottling Date: March 17, 2010
TA: 0.59 g/100ml
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.
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.
Working together as grape growers, winemakers and merchants for four generations, the Pellegrini family is dedicated to making small lots of hand-crafted wines characteristic of our vineyards in Sonoma County's Russian River and Alexander Valleys. We distinguish our award-winning wines by estate under the Olivet Lane, Cloverdale Ranch and Pellegrini labels.
We invite you to try our wine and meet the family at Olivet Lane Estate, home to one of the Russian River Valley's heritage Pinot Noir sites. There we offer daily tastings, special food pairings and tours of our Tuscan-style winery. Soon you will become a part of "la famiglia".
Saluti! Robert, Richard and Jeanne Pellegrini
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