2010 Perrone Merlot

2010 Perrone Merlot

Varietal Information 100% merlot

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92 Points
- Antonio Galloni

History

First planted to vines by Osea Perrone in the mid 1880’s the vineyard was abandoned during Prohibition. The West block was replanted to cabernet sauvignon in the 1960’s but showed considerable virus and was taken out in 1995. This southwest-facing slope — exposed to cool Pacific Ocean winds — is challenging. We planted merlot, a varietal that ripens earlier than cabernet and used closer spacing. After several harvests, we realized that water from an underground spring was causing differences in vigor. By dividing the parcel into three sections, each could be picked at ideal ripeness. The West block merlot is part of the Monte Bello in most years.

Vintage
Harvest Dates: 29 October
Average Brix: 23.0 degrees
Fermentation: Destemmed & whole berry. Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic). Pressed at eight days.
Barrels:50% one and 50% two years old. 100% air dried american oak.
Aging: Nineteen months in barrel


Growing Season

Rainfall: 33 inches (average)
Bloom: Mid May
Weather: Cool. Late spring, cold summer and long mild fall.


Winemaking
Hand harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed whole-berry fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; minimum effective sulfur (30 ppm initially at crush, 78 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.



Winemaker Tasting Notes

Garnet color; Appealing bramble fruit and licorice aromas. Intense cherry fruit entry with round tannins, firm acid, and attractive sweet oak.

Tasting Notes and Reviews
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