At roughly 850 feet of elevation, the family-owned Pigasus vineyard sits in both the Bennet Valley (southeast end) and Sonoma Mountain (western end) AVAs. The 10-acre site is a beautiful rolling hillside plot on mostly volcanic soil. The climate is ideal, with warm days and cooling afternoon ocean breezes that allow for longer hang-time and strong flavor development. The vineyard was planted with Merlot clone 181, in 2000.
Pigasus Vineyard 2019 Merlot notes:
TA: 6.0 g/l
Below please find some notes associated with our recommended yeast strains for use with this fruit. It is important to note that any yeast will in fact perform the fermentation, however these strains have consistently performed well and produced flavors that our customers have been very happy with. To that end, the "correct" yeast strain is simply the one that sounds to you as though it will make the flavors that you are looking for in your wine.
You can add the yeast strain of your choice from the "You Might Also Need" section below. We also strongly recommend the use of the additive pack that you will see listed in this section as it will help enhance the quality of the wine you produce. Order one packet of yeast and one additive pack per pail of must or juice.
MT: Ability to enhance varietal fruit and floral aromas. In Merlot, MT emphasizes berry, along with strawberry jam, caramel, and some spice notes. Good colour stability along with enhanced tannic structure and rich mouthfeel. Great by itself or as part of a blend.
BM45: Big mouthfeel, strong plum along with notes of cherry liquor, rose petal, jam, and some berry. Classically Italian in style. Good colour stability and helps to minimize vegetative characters.
BDX: Good all-around choice for berry, plum, and jam in the Classic Bordeaux profile. Can often bring out spice notes if in the fruit. Moderate rate fermenter with good colour retention. Useful for developing structure in the wine by re-enforcing existing tannins- both good and bad, so don’t use with un-ripe fruit.
ICV-GRE: Brings fresh, berry fruit foreword along with good mouthfeel. Useful for adding fresh fruit to a blend. Effective for reducing herbaceous and vegetal notes in under-ripe fruit.
Orders ship on Monday and Wednesday, following a 2 business day processing time.
Please note that Brehm Vineyards will ship your fruit directly to you, and MoreWine! will ship any additional items you order such as yeast, etc.
In the case of a yeast being out of stock we will not hold an order because of the perishable nature of this product. Our in house experts will substitute the next recommended yeast.
Drop Ship: This product will ship directly from the supplier. Blichmann products are delivered in under a week, while other vendors can take 1-3 weeks for delivery.
Shipping Limitation: This item does not qualify for free shipping.