Peju started back in 1982 with a 30 acre purchase by Tony Peju right in the heart of Napa's Rutherford district. With neighbors like BV, Robert Mondavi and Inglenook, grapes from these vineyards sold well for many years until Peju decided to make his own wine. The rest is history as they say, as Peju has been turning out world class Napa reds like this Merlot. Sourced from their two vineyards, their Rutherford Estate Vineyard which is certified organic and their Persephone Vineyard in Pope Valley which is sustainably farmed. Of course 2013 was a picture perfect vintage, bringing superb fruit. This is 99% Merlot with just 1% Malbec added. The wine aged for 18 months in 60% French oak and 40% American oak, with 40% new oak overall. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 91 points saying "This is a generously full-bodied wine, explosive in dark, brooding black fruit, coffee and bittersweet chocolate that offers firm, integrated tannin and lively acidity in equal measure. It shows varietal character with an additional 1% Malbec swimming within." Get it while it's On Sale!!
Forget the old adage no merlot, this merlot will make you a true believer. Peju put this wine at the top it's list and it has never disappointed me. You can enjoy this wine with a great steak or sitting around with great friends. Get a bottle and enjoy it!