Pedroncelli Merlot Dry Creek Valley Bench Vineyards 2005
The 2005 harvest brought in ripe, clean fruit the last two weeks of September. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel fermentors. The frequent pumping of juice over the skins (or cap) during fermentation brings to the wine a substantial increase in color and flavor intensity. The young wine was aged in small American oak barrels for 12 months in order to develop smoothness and complexity. A blend of 25% new oak is used in the barrel aging program; this allows the fruit flavors to come forward while relying on a subtle backbone of oak components.
Food Pairings for Pedroncelli Merlot Dry Creek Valley Bench Vineyards
Deep red in color. Rich aromas of plum and black cherry. Flavors lean toward black cherry, pepper, and green tea. The subtle toasty oak complements the fruitiness in the mouth. Lush and full-bodied, with medium tannins and a lasting finish. You can look forward to cellaring a bottle or two seeing how the wine will develop in 3-5 years or enjoy it for dinner tonight.
Aged 12 months in American Oak.
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.48|
|Total Acidity: 0.6 grams per liter|
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