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2010 Perrone Merlot

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2010 Perrone Merlot

Price: $55.00

2010 Perrone Merlot
100% merlot

92 PointsAntonio Galloni
“Here, the aromatics have more lift, while the expression fruit relies on finesse rather than juiciness. A feminine, delicate Merlot, the Perrone boasts tons of personality and pure class.”

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

Abandoned after Prohibition, Osea Perrone's nineteenth-century vineyard was partially replanted by Ridge in the 1960s. In 1995, we removed a virused thirty-year-old cabernet parcel from a southwest-facing slope. The location—exposed to cool Pacific Ocean winds—is challenging. We planted earlierripening merlot, using 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 cool growing season delayed harvest until October 28. Destemmed, sorted whole berries fermented on indigenous yeasts, and natural malolactic finished by late January. The wine aged in one- and two-year-old american oak barrels. Intensely aromatic, its firm acid is balanced by well-defined fruit and rich tannins. It will gain further complexity over the next decade. EB (6/12)