PS Winery was founded in 2008 by Dwight Stanford, American and former surgeon and Raffaele Paoloni, Italian and ex-journalist. The two met at the University of Bra (sometimes referred to as the Slow Food University) in Piedmont where they both found out that they shared a common dream: Making “the best wines possible using sustainable and organic farming practices with minimal intervention in the winery.” The winery is sitting on one the scenic hills near the medieval town Offida. It has a size of just six hectares and the first harvest was in 2010 after the main building was constructed. Later that year a tasting room was built as well.
PS Winery produces eight red and two white wines – all in relatively small quantities. For example just 700 bottles of Merlot were produced in 2011.
The 2011 PS Winery Merlot is made with 100% Merlot and after a 10-day fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine aged for a year in barrique and tonneau. 16% was the label listed ABV. The wine is classified as Marche IGT.
In the glass, the wine had a deep ruby red color.
The nose was harmonic, quite spicy and very intense with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and marasca cherries.
On the palate, dry, powerful, a little crisp and overall very well-balanced. PS Winery Merlot was full-bodied, well-structured and had high minerality. There were notes of dark chocolate and blackberries. The wine had mellow, pleasing tannins and a persistently long finish.
PS Winery created a truly magnificent Merlot – one of the best I tried so far. According to the winery, the wine can be stored for many years and in deed the wine felt quite young. It could be difficult to find their wines but they are for sure worth the time you invest looking for them. Last year I reviewed the 2010 PS Winery Pieno Monte (100% Montepulciano). Follow this link for my tasting notes.
I like supporting small wineries by purchasing their wines – in my opinion the existence of small wineries is crucial for the wine diversity in country.
At the end of the month I’ll be traveling to Le Marche to attend the 2013 Piceno Open where the new harvest of 2013 Passerina and Pecorino as well as 2011 Offida Rosso wines will be tasted. I heard that some wines from PS Winery will be presented, too. I’ll plan on writing a blog post about Piceno Open after the event. Looking forward to try all these great white and red wines.
Do you like Merlot varietal wines? Let me know in the comment section below. Cheers!