Pellegrini Merlot
Tasting Notes:
Vibrant deep red berry in color, this is an elegant Merlot with opulent, forward blackberry fruit, a hint of herbs and rich cocoa notes on the finish. Medium bodied, the firm tannic backbone is tempered with a lush, velvety mouth feel. This is a well-structured wine that shows a generous mid-palate and moderate length.
 
Grape:
100% Merlot
 
Vineyards:
In 1973, the Pellegrini's purchased a 70-acre apple, plum & olive orchard on West Olivet Road in Santa Rosa. They planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, developing one of the first vineyards in the region devoted exclusively to these two varieties—which would become known as the Olivet Lane Vineyard, named after the 120 olive trees which line the vineyard's east entrance. It was one of the first Pinot Noir estates in the Russian River Valley, and over the years has been the grape source for many of the Valley’s Pinot Noir luminaries, in addition to the family’s own award-winning Olivet Lane Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Today, Olivet Lane is home to Pellegrini Wine Company's state-of-the-art Tuscan styled winery, which opened its doors in 2001. We produce small lot wines from our estate grown grapes, as well as select vineyards in the region. Quality & unadorned terroir is of our utmost priority in every bottle.
 
   
Limited Production
Alcohol Contents:
14,2% Vol
 

Vinification process:

Upon arrival, the grapes were destemmed and transferred by gravity to stainless steel open top fermenters. After a 5 day cold maceration, the must was allowed to heat up and begin fermenting with indigenous yeasts. The cap was punched down up to three times daily and pressed off after a two week extended maceration post fermentation. Once pressed and moved to barrel the new wineunderwent a slow Malolactic fermentation with native flora to preserve the expression.  


Aging process:
The wine was aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American Oak barrels, one-third of them new.
Main aromas and flavors:
blackberry, herbs and cocoa
 
History Awards:

 
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