Pellegrini Family Wines
2008 Eight Cousins Russian River Merlot
California: Russian River Valley
Top of its game
Now this is Merlot!
Today’s 2008 Pellegrini Russian River Merlot is a big, delicious wine with elegance, balance and structure. It is a serious Merlot that will delight lovers of any exceptional Bordeaux varietal wine.
This wine is very well balanced, delivering rich, elegant and long-sustaining fruit all across the palate. It culminates in a well-structured and seemingly endless finish. When flavors finally fade, you’ll find yourself taking another long pull on the wine. That is, of course, until you find that you’ve polished off the bottle. Great thing you got a few!
Enjoy this very food-friendly wine with an infinite variety of meals, including hearty meats, stews, herb roasted poultry, grilled veggie kabobs, seared… Hey, you get the picture. This fantastic wine is flexible!
Deep and slightly inky hues of deep garnet, with near perfect diffusion from core to edge.
Wonderfully bold, this wine leads with notes of fresh fig, braised dark plum, and hickory smoked cherry all overlaying subtle hints of sweet tobacco, blueberry, and brown spice.
A true balance of elegance and structure, with little sacrifice of either, this wine features robust flavors of roasted plum, braised black cherry, freshly brewed India black tea, and light notes of sweet tobacco.
A beautifully refined, structured, and long lasting finish with robust dark fruit giving way to velvety, grippy tannins.
We would highly recommend pairing this robust, flavorful wine with fresh bell peppers stuffed with Greek seasoned lamb, wild black rice, and wild mushrooms.
What the Winery Says
The 2008 Merlot growing season was marked by a warm end of summer which brought the fruit to a near-perfect level of ripeness by mid September. Our Cloverdale Ranch Merlot displays a broad range of characters – from the ripe red fruit on the nose to the rich cocoa notes in the finish. There is a firm, tannic backbone that is tempered with a lush velvety textured mouthfeel. This is a wine with incredible diversity for food pairing but can certainly be enjoyed on it’s own.
The 2008 vintage of our Cloverdale Ranch Merlot displays a broad range of characters – from the ripe red fruit on the nose to the rich chocolate notes in the finish. There is a firm, tannic backbone which will carry the wine well through the next 5 – 8 years.
- Robert Pellegrini
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- 18 months in a combination of French and American (33% new)
About the Winery
Pellegrini Wine Company at Olivet Lane Estate in the Russian River Valley is a family-owned business that has been growing grapes and producing wine in Sonoma County, California, for four generations. We are dedicated to making small-lot wines, handcrafting vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our estate-grown grapes. Old-world artisan winemaking methods are enhanced by our state-of-the-art facility. We also create a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sonoma County Zinfandel and a Sonoma County Merlot from select vineyards in the region.