Cabernet is King in the Perrucci Family and ours truly lives up to that royal position. Most of our big reds mature for at least two years in a mixture of new and neutral American oak barrels. Unlike our other wines, Cabernet stands alone in that it spends another two years quietly resting in the bottle. This extra time from harvest to release sets it apart from our competitors as well. Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that takes time to develop so when you get a bottle of Perrucci Family Cabernet, you know it is ready to burst forth with mature flavor. Our Estate Cabernet vines typically produce wine that is filled with fig, currant and dark cherry fruit along with coffee and vanilla undertones. We add a small percentage of Merlot and Malbec to give it a smooth finish.
There is something special about the Merlot grapes grown on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The sun drenched slopes are gently cooled by the ocean breeze which give the wine structure and backbone without letting the fruit take a back seat. Full bodied and full of flavor, our Merlot will certainly surprise you with mild cherry and vanilla with mint and leather undertones.
Sangiovese is a family favorite for many reasons. It is a wine that is comfortable when paired with almost any dish but also has what it takes to stand on its own. Made from 100% Perrucci Family Estate fruit, our Sangiovese is similar to the style of our Tuscan relatives. Our unique growing conditions allow for very long hang times which help create structure, build flavor and soften tannins all without getting over ripe. It is full of bright red fruit and mild herbs.
The warm days and cool nights of the Santa Cruz Mountains give this wine its fruit filled, velvety decadence that makes it an ideal match for any meal. The vines are planted directly atop the Berrocal Earthquake Fault and struggle to find even basic sustenance. They are the epitome of stressed and it shows in the wine. It is loaded with dark fruit, leather and hints of smoke with a smooth, silky backbone.
Great Malbec is hard to find and why we dedicated a portion of our estate vineyard to it. The fruit is meticulously sorted to eliminate any bruised or damaged clusters before being carefully destemmed. It is whole berry fermented and aged for two years in the barrel. This fine example of Malbec is filled with dark berry and plum flavors with hints of cocoa, leather and tobacco.
Not just a summer sipping wine, Perrucci Family Rosato is much more. A small portion of our prized Sangiovese vineyard is harvested separately and is fermented on the skins for a few days in order to develop its pink sapphire hue. We then cold press the fermenting must and finish it very slowly in closed tanks to help preserve its exotic aromatics. It fills the senses with fresh flowers and ripe strawberries with a crisp finish that pairs perfectly with any light meal, appetizers or just enjoyed on a warm summer day all by itself.
The only varietal we do not grow is Chardonnay. Our location on the east side of the mountain is not the right place for it. Fortunately, we have built a strong relationship with the Bargetto family and their Regan Vineyard fruit from Corrolitos. This extraordinary wine is made from 100% Regan Vineyards Chardonnay. It is always cool fermented in stainless steel tanks retaining all the malic acid which gives it a hint of crisp green apple and ripe grapefruit.
Mescolanza simply means "mixture" in Italian. Since 2009 our Mescolanza has been made entirely from Santa Clara Valley fruit and to showcase that fact, it wears a special label. It is reminiscent of mid-century fruit and vegetable harvest boxes that were once very common in the endless orchards and vineyards that once covered the valley. The wine is a tribute to winemaking during that time. It is a medium bodied blend of various Bordeaux varietals, and sometimes Sangiovese, in ratios that change each year. Cabernet Sauvignon is always the dominant varietal but it is not overwhelming to the senses. Merlot ensures that tannins, acid and body are all smooth and well integrated. Each of the lots are fermented with very little intervention and aged separately in mostly neutral barrels for two years. After another year in the bottle, the wine is ready to be paired with any meal. It is always a very approachable table wine that is uncomplicated and full of flavor- like the wines made by local farmers generations ago.
Pasha is more than just another idyllic vineyard. It is a corner of the world all its own. Surrounded by fragrant rose gardens and lavender fields, the vines are in full southern exposure yet cooled by the gentle breezes that arise from the valley below. This wine is a unique reflection of this very special place. Typically harvested first among our collection, the fruit reaches optimum ripeness at moderate sugar levels. The results are a wine that is more old world in style where the fruit speaks as softly as the vineyard.