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Staff Pick

Peirano Estate “Six Clones” Merlot - 2016

Item # 27566 750mL
$14.96/ Single Bottle
$179.52 $161.57/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Made from--you guessed it--six different Merlot clones, including two rare French ones and a very rare Italian clone grown on the Peirano estate in Lodi. This ripe and toasty red brims with aromas of black cherries, sweet raspberries, vanilla, and cocoa, while supple tannins leave a pleasing and lingering finish.

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Staff Pick Notes

It's been several years since a Hollywood movie called "Sideways" put the kibosh on Merlot, causing sales to plummet. Since hitting bottom, Merlot has been working its way back in a slow but regular fashion. This juicy one is from Lodi, CA and is an excellent example of the winemaker's modern style: fresh, fruity, and medium-bodied. The color is medium-light, indicating that it comes from a cooler-climate area. It has spent 12 months in mostly neutral French oak barrels. If you are looking for a wine with more body than a Pinot Noir to go with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner with all of the great side dishes, then this is it. And the price is absolutely affordable.

- BF

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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