Pedroncelli - Merlot - Bench Vineyards
Pedroncelli - Merlot - Bench Vineyards

Pedroncelli - Merlot - Bench Vineyards 2017

Red Wine

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Item# 70607-17

Product Ratings

Wine Spectator 90pt

Bench Vineyards

The source for our Merlot comes from three blocks off of our estate
vineyard located along Dry Creek Road from vineyard planted over
5 years beginning in 1990. Bench Vineyards, the name chosen for this
wine, describes the natural terraces that flank Dry Creek Valley and rise
gradually into the steep hills. Characterized by sloped topography and
gravelly/rocky residual soils, the unique growing conditions combine to
bring out the best in our Merlot.

Weather

An early growing season and harvest due drought conditions. Merlot
was harvested the last week of August, about two weeks earlier than in
non-drought years. The vintage shows intense phenolics and mild acids
resulting in a very structured wine with smooth texture. The grapes
were crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and cold
soaked for 48 hours. Daily pumpovers during the fermentation gives a
substantial increase in flavor and color. The young wine was transferred
to small American oak barrels to age for 11 months in order to develop
smoothness and complexity, giving the wine a subtle backbone of oak components.