Pietra Santa Cienega Valley Merlot 2009

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Our estate Merlot has ripe plum, cherry and blackberry flavors with hints of cassis and cedar. The wine is full of fruit but has the body and structure to stand up to hearty dishes.

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Pietra Santa Winery:
The Winery Pietra Santa and its History Pietra Santa is a family-run estate producing artisanal wines and olive oils in California’s Central Coast. The site was planted to winegrapes in the 1850s by Frenchman Theophile Vache who chose the location because of the maritime climate and unique soils. Pietra Santa is 25 miles from Monterey Bay and benefits from cool coastal breezes that allo... Read more
The Winery Pietra Santa and its History Pietra Santa is a family-run estate producing artisanal wines and olive oils in California’s Central Coast. The site was planted to winegrapes in the 1850s by Frenchman Theophile Vache who chose the location because of the maritime climate and unique soils. Pietra Santa is 25 miles from Monterey Bay and benefits from cool coastal breezes that allow for a long growing season. The estate’s location on the San Andreas Fault creates soils rich with granite and limestone that naturally lower yields and add distinctive flavors to the wines. The winery was named PIETRA SANTA, Italian for SACRED STONE, in honor of these exceptional soils. In 2005, the property was purchased by the Blackburns, a family dedicated to preserving and building upon this magnificent winemaking history. Read less

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Vintage: 2001 03/22/2009

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series selection. Pietra Santa’s 2001 Merlot is the winery’s classic estate varietal. Following an impressive history of award-winning vintages, the 2001 Merlot was awarded 90 Points – “Exceptional” – “Best Buy” from the Beverage Tasting Institute. Brilliantly ruby red hued, this Merlot is robust and intensely fruity, yet beautifully balanced. The Merlot is medium to full-bodied with bright flavors of black cherry and plum with undertones of clove, pepper and chocolate. Layers of flavor with hints of vanilla and cinnamon are expressed on the palate and a lengthy, well-structured finish shows a nice persistence of fruit. The Pietra Santa Merlot is supple and elegant in texture, and powerfully expressive with the ability to age well. Try pairing this excellent Gold Series selection with roast beef or pot roast. Aged 25 months in oak. 100% Merlot. Enjoy now until 2011.


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Vintage: 2001 09/01/2008

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Our estate Merlot has ripe plum, cherry and blackberry flavors with hints of cassis and cedar. The wine is full of fruit but has the body and structure to stand up to hearty dishes.

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