2009 Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo, Campania (750ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Campania
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 95WA, 94V, 93WE
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Pàtrimo was not made in 2008 because that was the year Riccardo Cotarella left Feudi di San Gregorio. The winery needed time to decide the stylistic direction of the wine following the departure of the celebrated winemaker. The 2009 Pàtrimo is indeed a beautiful wine that brings the focus back to Merlot (and its ripeness). The oak spice moves into a supporting role. The estate's incoming enologist Pierpaolo Sirch shifts the focus to phenolic ripeness and balance, and shorter maceration times before fermentation. The wine opens to soft and tender notes of cherry and chocolate that are characteristic of Merlot. You also get savory tones of tobacco and cured meat that add weight and substance. Meanwhile, the wine never feels heavy. A spot of acidity and polished tannins contribute to its overall weightlessness and buoyancy. This wine has enough dark fruit to ensure further evolution over the next decade or more.

95 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Sep 2016)

Feudi's flagship 2009 Patrimo is an intriguing wine. Over the last few years, Patrimo seems to have become less Merlot-like and more reflective of its origins. Bacon fat, smoke, licorice and incense burst from the glass. Rich and powerful with a huge finish that seems to last forever, the 2009 is a wine that needs time.

94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2013)

One of the most important expressions of Merlot from southern Italy, Pàtrimo is a soft and decadent wine, boasting an excellent quality of ripe fruit that's backed by pretty tones of crushed stone, lead pencil and Indian spice. The mouthfeel is rich, generous and long lasting.

93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2013)