In 1983, with dreams of raising their young family on a farm, Tony and
Herta Peju bought thirty acres of vines in the famed Rutherford district of the
Napa Valley. Since then, the Peju family has maintained a meticulous focus on
the land, fostering sustainable and environmental consciousness across their
five estates. Still family-owned and operated with daughters Lisa and Ariana
poised to take the helm, Peju Winery has become an integral piece of the
Napa Valley landscape.
Pejuâ€™s Rutherford Estate is a California Certified Organic vineyard, and is
planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Persephone Ranch is sustainably farmed and its Pope Valley climate is
suited to grow Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Drawing from such varied terroir, the wines
exhibit the perfect blend of mountain-fruit focus and Rutherford complexity.
2015 saw early bud break, giving way to a cool spring and a generally even and
warm growing season. Temperature surges during the final weeks of growth
expedited harvest, making it one of the earliest harvests Napa Valley has ever
had. With the drought enduring as a serious issue facing California, 2015
saw lower than expected yields. Though there are challenges that come with
low yields, there is also the benefit of a higher concentration of flavor in each
grape. 2015 wines are showing to be increasingly complex with wonderful,
fruit forward aromatics and stunning depth of flavor.
Lush and juicy, our 2015 Merlot offers fragrant, layered aromas of dark
fruit, molasses, golden waffle and a hint of leather. Lush flavors of fresh
berry preserves, white pepper and blackberry cobbler envelope the palate
and give way to mouth-filling tannins. Culminating with a soft, elegant
finish, this Merlot will continue to mature for the next 6- 8 years.