Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo

Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo

Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo is a 100% Merlot wine from the Campania region of Italy. Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo 2004 is the vintage I chose for Merlot month and I was not disappointed. This is a pricey bottle of wine but I was always confident this would be a winner. The wine was a recommendation from some esteemed Parker board members so came highly recommended but coming from such a savvy producer as Feudi di San Gregorio you can be pretty sure in the knowledge that you are going to get quality. Feudi di San Gregoria produce wines from €5-€80 and I’ve yet to buy a wine from them that was overpriced or a disappointment.

The Patrimo is really a labour of love for Feudi di San Gregorio and can be considered the estates top bottling usually scoring high with critics. I can’t say it represents the best QPR around, I scored it 93 and at €60 we are not talking about excellent quality to price ratio BUT, its 100% Merlot, coming from Campania, it’s interesting and a very cool experience so if you are happy laying down €60 on a bottle of wine and love Merlot, then it’s a BUY. I would re-buy this wine.

Ironically, we don’t actually carry any Feudi di San Gregorio wines and as Campania’s leading estate probably it’s time to get them on board. So who is this producer? If you live in Italy you will have seen their distinctive labels and bottles in every supermarket and enoteca, even if you’re a stateside or a UK dweller its very possible your local wine shops are stocking Feudi di San Gregorio.

The outfit is producing some fabulous reds and, even I can admit it, some great whites. I have a real love of their Falaghina bottling and have recommended it here before. It’s actually a new outfit, created in 1986 with a heavy eye on marketing but also a solid team of winemakers who have achieved excellence across the board. Other wines to look out for from Feudi di San Gregorio would include the Serpico in the red corner, possibly the best Aglianico wine in Italy and the Greco di Tufo in the white corner.

So what about the Merlot? It is insanely dark coloured and intensely aromatic, it’s a real sensual wine but why spoil my tasting notes? Here we go Jack, see below.

Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo 2004BUY – €60
Crazy dark in the glass, close to black ruby red wine. The aromas of blackberries and dark fruit hit you pretty quickly, lots of smoke and mineral tones. A huge sensational wine on the palate, holds its fruit with some plum and blueberries from the start, the tannins are ingrained and not bothering me though distinctly there, the wine is hugely concentrated and needs several hours of decanting. Drinking far too young but still a stunning wine. 93 Points

Drink this wine while watching the 2012 Olympics and not before.

So that’s two down and I’m impressed by the Patrimo and the Montiano and there really isn’t much to pick between them. I slightly prefer this one, but could buy two bottles of the Montiano for one bottle of the Patrimo, so if you’re price conscious the Montiano is the way to go. Oh well, just another 8 Merlots to go, my poor liver.

In other news, we completely sold out of Tignanello in one day yesterday, this is the 2005, forget the 2004, that can’t be bought for love or money. We will be re-buying this week. I would love to know what happened, did Tig get some TV exposure yesterday? I can’t believe an entire stock sold out in one day, we just bought it! Oh well.

The Wine Spectator reviews for 33 Piedmont reds came out yesterday and as a signed up member I can tell you before the scores come out and the prices shoot up that Ceretto got incredible scores for their Barberesco Asili 2005 – 95 Points! This is the highest Ceretto have ever scored from Wine Spectator. Barberesco fans and those wanting to flip thLinkeir wines should invest in this wine the minute it hits the stores. BIG TIP guys, don’t be ignoring me!

Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Everywine – €62.61
Americans – Shoppers Vineyard – $55.99 (this is a frickin steal, way under priced)
Brits – Fine and Rare – £50

You can also buy the Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2006 directly from our wine90 shop.

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The “Questions of the Day” don’t really get answered. So, instead, if you have anything to say about Feudi di San Gregorio, or Wine Spectators latest Piedmont review, or Tignanello, or the crazy prices of cod, then do it. I like the comments people, whats on your mind?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    Absolutely agree. As its coming from Campania it is very underrated as is the Falesco Merlot. I have enjoyed both on many occasions and I hope they stay at reasonable prices, great alternative to Pomerol and which one are you reviewing? (You said you were going to take a French Pomerol for comparison)

  2. futronic says:

    Congrats to Federico and the Ceretto family on the high scores. While I can’t say I’m surprised on the high ranking of the Bricco Asili Bricco Asili, fantastic job on the Bricco Asili Bernardot which was rated almost as highly from a vineyard of not the same level of prestige.I am surprised that the Fausoni from Sottimano was the highest of their offerings, as I personally find the Pajore and then Cotta of the highest quality. I would expect the Pajore to be tops with time due to its initial austerity. Maybe that’s why I like it the best? Its more traditional Nebbiolo profile?Hope this helps with your question of the day scenario. 🙂

  3. Thanks David and FutronicThe Pomerol will be the 05 Latour a Pomerol. Not a fair match up on paper but a wine of over €100!Never had one actually, expectations?Futronic – learned comments indeed, a Piedmont fan? I’m a bigger Barolo fan (though you wouldnt believe that looking at my cellar… left overs?… nah)As you mentioned them I will look at trying a Sottimano Pajore right? The 2004 looks a bargain for the price.

  4. Mon says:

    I have no comment on the price of fish but would like to say I really enjoy reading your blog. This wine is too expensive for me, but perhaps the other merlot for a special day .

  5. Richard Thompson says:

    Hi SarahI love Feudi wines, brilliant value for money but I would say their top bottling was the Serpico rather than the Patrimo. There isn’t much to choose but I prefer the Serpio because it’s an Italian grape.

  6. futronic says:

    Hi Sarah,Huge Italian wine fan in general. The majority of my cellar is painted with pink tags around the bottle necks.Love the “Killer B’s,” naturally. I have plenty of Barolo, but I still love my Barbaresco equally as much. I’m a huge fan of Sottimano’s wines, and am very pleased to the critical acclaim – especially since I know Andrea personally. Winemaking has improved significantly over the past 10 years in particular, and use of oak has been more judicious as well.Strongly recommend that you check out the Pajore for its beautiful minerality and austerity. The 2004 will need plenty of time in the cellar to reach maturity, but it’s simply fantastic. I’ve been fortunate to taste it from barrel on several occasions as well as finished bottle. I’m planning on opening a 1997 version in a few weeks, so I’ll be sure to let you know how that turns out.Don’t just look to Andrea’s Barbaresco, however. His Dolcetto and Barbera are also great!What’s the going rate for the 2004 Pajore where you are?— Jay

  7. I shall look it up on Monday, my internet connection here hangs by a thread!But ok, I will get some of their range in and do a blog post about them, always like to go off the beaten track now and again.

  8. futronic says:

    Look forward to your comments!If you make it to Neive, definitely pop in for a visit with Andrea. It’s always great to taste through his wines.

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