The legend behind Pàtrimo is that the folks at Feudi di San Gregorio had misidentified the grape variety planted in their historic vineyard until it was finally confirmed to be Merlot. Very few vineyards with international varieties exist in this part of the world. This is a beautifully elegant but large expression with precise aromas of blackberry, spice…
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.
Although officially classified as Aglianico, it now appears that the vines may be Merlot. It certainly tastes more like Merlot, with creamy mocha, black cherry and tobacco-leaf aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is impressively smooth and rich, blending in supple tannins that pick up hints of black tea on the finish.
A first-rate Merlot that is dense, concentrated, chewy and packed tight with red cherry, Indian spice, chopped mint and roasted espresso bean. But there is also a subtle and delicate floral tone that adds to its wonderful complexity. This wine is full of nuances, finesse and is silky smooth on the palate.
Pàtrimo, a pure expression of Merlot from southern Italy, is always a crowd pleaser, but this year’s edition is a tad more ripe and jammy than past vintages: 2005 was indeed a hot year. Intense aromas of black cherry and blackberry pie emerge from the nose and the wine’s finish is accented by a surprise signature of tart acidity.