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 2004 – BUY – €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 their wines should invest in this wine the minute it hits the stores. BIG TIP guys, don’t be ignoring me!
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