Perfecta Merlot 2007 Wine Review

Perfect Merlot Wine ReviewThis cheap Merlot brings up an interesting question about blending. The Perfecta Merlot is 87% Merlot and 13% Syrah, yet they call it Merlot. I’ve searched online and can’t quite find out the rules when it comes to naming a wine after a particular varietal based on the percentage used of said varietal. Perhaps it’s 80%, 85% or perhaps Perfecta is just rebellious. One thing I know for sure is that the Perfecta Merlot does not qualify as a Meritage for two reasons, one of them obvious:

  • They didn’t call it a “Meritage”
  • Syrah is not regarded as one of the “Noble Grapes”

Speaking of Meritage, the Meritage Association has a fun and informative site worth checking out: http://www.meritagewine.org/home

At any rate, if someone could leave a comment or contact me regarding information on the rules, it would be much-appreciated. Now let’s get into the wine.

Color

Stiff, thick purple. Nothing light in this baby, and seeing as it’s hot as hell out there right now, I should apologize for reviewing it at this time. That said, save this for after sundown.

Nose

Oak, creamy vanilla and very fruit-forward. Lot’s of blackcurrant and even some prune. The wine was aged in American Oak for 23 months, which was very smart on the winemaker’s part (I’m sure he’s looking for my novice approval) because if it had been French Oak, this baby would have been a BEAST.

Taste

The fruit explodes here and almost overdoes it, but the alcohol is present enough to back it up. 2007 was a late year, meaning much of the fruit in Northern California had to stay on the vine longer than usual in order to achieve maximum maturity. This tardiness on the part of the fruit makes this wine great, not only because it ripened a bit more, but because the vines didn’t have it easy, thereby making the fruit more concentrated. The wine is your standard office building: straight-up structure, nothing flashy, and it really serves it’s purpose well. The American Oak comes in to finish off the deep prune and blackberry flavors with a little creamy smoke.

With Food

I see this wine as not over-the-top when it comes to fruit, despite the explosion mentioned above, so I think it would do well with something Provencal or stewed. I wouldn’t pair this with barbecued foods or cheese. Lamb stews, Coq au Vin, or something similar.

Where to Buy

$10.96 at WinesThatWork.com!

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4 Responses to “Perfecta Merlot 2007 Wine Review”

  1. In California it only has to be 75% to be labled by varietal. The fact they tell you it has 13% Syrah is nice information to have. Most Cabs and Merlots with added Syrah have a tendecy to be on the smoother and less tannic side. This is a very nice wine.

  2. Wine Welfare Says:
    September 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks so much for the information. Very helpful and something I just haven’t been able to find out.

    I agree that this was a very nice wine, particularly for the price. Hopefully some people will be able to find it.

    Hope you keep reading! Let me know if there is something in particular you would like me to write about.

    Best,

    Brian

  3. I tried this wine out for fun – and boy what a nice surprise! It’s my new favorite and I’ve been searching for it in stores ever since.

  4. Wine Welfare Says:
    November 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the comment, Jules! Were you able to buy it from the link I posted or did you find it elsewhere?

    Hope you keep on reading!

    Cheers!

    Brian

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