2017 Perrone Merlot

$75.00

Wine Information

100% Merlot

95 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Appellation

Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume

12.5%

Opaque purple color; mixed blackberry and cherry fruit aromas along with flint, black olive, and exotic oak spices. Ripe black cherry fruit entry, medium-full body, crushed limestone, firm acid, and rich tannins. Finishes with persistence, showing great intensity. EB (1/20)
Strong winter storms drenched Monte Bello, saturating the ground. Summer heat dried out the top soil, but the underlying fractured limestone provided a wealth of water for the vines. Ripeness was moderated by unusually cold nights during October. Harvested on October 23, seven days of fermentation resulted in an elegant wine. Tannins softened during barrel aging but will continue resolving in bottle. Showing excellent fruit, it will drink well over the next decade.
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