About This Wine
How does one make a multi-dimensional bottling of Merlot?
At Peirano Estate Vineyards, located in California’s Lodi growing region, the answer involves embracing multiple clones. A clone could be thought of as a “sub-variety” of a winegrape, and each clone possesses unique characteristics — just as the children of the same parents can have very different personalities.
Peirano’s “Six Clones” Merlot, as the name suggests, is crafted from six different clones of Merlot grapes grown on the family estate. Three are quite common in California, but three are seldom seen in the Golden State. Namely: French clones 181 and 314, and the very rare Italian clone 9.
By embracing multiple clones, then hand selecting the grapes at harvest time and using only the finest French oak barrels for aging, Peirano’s “Six Clones” Merlot is a wonderfully complex wine that delivers enticing fruit and earth flavors. It’s a wine that shows off just how good Merlot can be.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:100% Merlot (6 Different Clones)
- Grape Source:Estate Vineyards in Lodi, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Red & Black Cherries, Savory, Cedar & Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (About 20% First Use) for 12 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionmeatloaf, or a grilled burger.