Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wine Review: Peju Napa Valley Merlot 2013

October is International Merlot Month thanks to!

Peju Napa Valley Merlot 2013

Peju. Just over-hearing the name being spoken perks your ears up and causes some eavesdropping to hear more. Family owned and operated since 1983, Peju is an outstanding Napa Valley winery with a cult following and a fantastic name.

Both organic and sustainable farming are used to make this wine. Just a little sidetrack: With the recent development that we've passed an irreversible carbon milestone in our atmosphere, please begin to give sustainable farming more weight than organic. Organic's health benefits have been proven nonexistent. It also doesn't take emissions into account while sustainable does. Sustainable feeds more people. And instead of using diesel tractors to uproot weeds, it can use Roundup which is entirely safe because of the nature of its active ingredient. I'm going to get more into this in the beginning of the new year. It's a complicated subject so please, until then, look into it yourself.

Peju's 2013 Merlot is from their Rutherford Estate Vineyard (organic) and their Persephone Vineyard (sustainable). It's composed of 99% Merlot and 1% Malbec. It saw 18 months in oak, 60% of it French and 40% of it American, and has a final ABV of 14.5%.

Peju Winery
I'm in a CHVRCHES kind of mood for music. It's way too late at night that I have to write this review, I'm tired as hell, I'm gonna hafta shoot the stupid YouTube video tomorrow morning instead of tonight, and I just want some CHVRCHES for some perfection in my life.

I've already said that "the color of the wine is classic ruby red" enough times this month but what the hell do you want from this much Merlot? The wine is a classic ruby red. ;)

The first aroma that I get on the nose is dried tobacco, and then there's juicy raspberries, plums, and mocha. As the wine opens up more it gains an aroma of licorice and has a dusty presence. In the mouth it's full bodied with firm tannin and low acidity. There's flavors of raspberries, bitter dark chocolate, and powdered cinnamon. Then it finishes dry with plum skin, bitter dark chocolate and lots of heat.

By description it certainly sounds like a Merlot, but it drinks like a big-ass Cabernet. If you want to pair this with a killer porterhouse, or if you find value in the total sum of your own chest hairs, then you'll be very happy with your wine selection. But overall I have to conclude that this wine is not ready yet. It's gonna take a few years to mellow out and become the Merlot it's intended to be instead of the Cabernet wannabe that it is here in late 2016.

For $38 I have to give it a 3 out of 5 for Satisfying as it stands right now, but with great potential given more bottle aging. Drink now for a Cabernet-ish Merlot or sit on it for a Merlot-ish Merlot! It's up to you! I won't judge!

Price: $38
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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