Full Review

Pedroncelli

Pedroncelli
2018 Bench Vineyards, Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18
Cellar Selection

Pedroncelli
2018 Bench Vineyards, Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried cherry, walnut, fresh bell pepper, marinated grape leaves, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long graphite, coriander and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. An easy-to-pair, strong-structured Merlot with a palate-awakening greenness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dried cherry, walnut, fresh bell pepper, marinated grape leaves, and licorice
Taste Flavor: graphite, coriander and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy-to-pair, strong-structured Merlot with a palate-awakening greenness.

The Producer

J. Pedroncelli Winery

The Producer
1220 Canyon Rd
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-857-3531

Their Portfolio

88 Pedroncelli 2017 Dry Rose, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 13.8% (USA) $17.00.
BR Pedroncelli 2017 Signature Selection, Chardonnay, Dry Creek Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Pedroncelli 2016 Mother Clone, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.9% (USA) $19.00.
93 Pedroncelli 2016 Bushnell Vineyard, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 16.1% (USA) $26.00.
89 Pedroncelli 2018 Signature Selection Rosé, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
88 Pedroncelli 2018 Mother Clone, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $19.00.
89 Pedroncelli 2017 Bushnell Vineyard, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 16.1% (USA) $26.00.
92 Pedroncelli 2017 Courage-Faloni Vineyard, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 16.1% (USA) $32.00.
BR Pedroncelli 2018 Alto Vineyards, Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley 14.7% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Pedroncelli 2017 Sonoma Classico Red Blend, Other Red, Dry Creek Valley 14.7% (USA) $18.00.
91 Pedroncelli 2014 Four Grapes Vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley 19% (USA) $28.00.
93 Pedroncelli 2018 Three Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $20.00.
89 Pedroncelli 2018 Bench Vineyards, Merlot, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
94 Pedroncelli 2018 Block 007 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 13.9% (USA) $26.00.
93 Pedroncelli 2018 Barrel Select, Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley 14.2% (USA) $20.00.
BR Pedroncelli 2019 Signature Selection, Chardonnay, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Pedroncelli 2019 Signature Selection, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $22.00.
90 Pedroncelli 2019 Mother Clone, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15.5% (USA) $20.00.
92 Pedroncelli 2019 Alto Vineyards, Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley 15.7% (USA) $19.00.
90 Pedroncelli 2019 Friends Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.4% (USA) $14.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.