Wine Review: 2011 PS Winery – Merlot – Marche IGT

PS Winery

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.

Tasting Notes

2011 PS Winery - Merlot - Marche IGTThe 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.

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

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!


19 comments on “Wine Review: 2011 PS Winery – Merlot – Marche IGT”

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  2. Sean P. Reply

    Juliam, this sounds like a good bootle of Merlot but I wouldn’t consider myself a Merlot-expert – I hardly ever drink any.

    Enjoy your trip to Italy! I’d love to go Italy again.

  3. talkavino Reply

    Merlot wines are great overall, and some of the best in the world (Petrus, Le Pin, etc.) Italy is making a number of great Merlot wines on its own, such as 100-pointer Tua Rita Redigaffe. I’m not surprised at all that another great Merlot wine is produced in Italy. Cheers!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I never tried the Tua Rita Redigaffi but I red many positive reviews about it. Merlot wines in Italy are getting better and better. I recently was impressed by an outstanding Merlot from South Tyrol but the ones from Central Italy are on average more to my liking 🙂

  4. foodwine88 Reply

    The PS Winery Merlot seems to be unavailable in the US. Any ideas where I could buy it? The wine sounds delicious and I would love to try it..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Like I said on Twitter, the wine was a sample provided by one of the retailers in Munich. I don’t know where to buy the PS Winery Merlot in the US. Your best bet is to contact them directly.

  5. Suzanne Reply

    I too love supporting small wineries and am always so pleased when the wine is really good and this merlot sounds fantastic. I will have to seek it out and give it a try. Great review Julian!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I’m so glad that you support small wineries, too 🙂 I hope you find the PS Winery Merlot in the US. As far as I know PS Winery also sells a few bottles in the US because one of the two founders of the winery is American. However, I don’t know where you could buy it. Best bet might be by contacting them.

      • Suzanne Reply

        My Grandfather had a small winery in Italy and he made his own wine when he immigrated here, I grew up on his homemade wine. I can still smell it. I am a supporter of small businesses of all kinds and will seek out this wine. Yes, I will contact them, Thanks Julian.

  6. Andy Andy Reply

    I don’t know the producer but I can almost taste the wine as you describe it! It sounds really nice.

  7. Marco van Puff Reply

    Some of the best wines I tried were Merlot. Have you tried the Planet Sita dal Ulmo Merlot? It’s one of my favorite.
    I’ll see if I can find a wine shop that sells the Merlot you praised in your post. It sounds excellent, too.

  8. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I’m not into Merlots but I agree that supporting small wineries is important. Often they tend to make some of the best quality-price ratio wines. I red your review for the PS Winery Montepulciano and I sounds like I wine I’d like to drink 🙂

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