Jonathan and Susan Pey’s Textbook is “a serious winery that consumers should be keeping an eye on,” says top critic Robert Parker. He was quite impressed with their 2012 Merlot, giving it 91 Points and writing that “this is a bigger, bolder, more exuberant style of Merlot than one normally sees in California.”
We’re really excited about the 2013, which has every bit as much class as its predecessor. The Peys found a few special parcels of grapes up Calistoga (in the north of the Valley) and rounded out the blend with perfectly ripened grapes from Rutherford. For added oomph, they also included a dash of Oakville Cabernet – grown next door to Screaming Eagle, whose current release will set you back about $1,900 a bottle. Then, the blend was aged in the finest French oak barrels.
This seriously classy red is already drinking beautifully, (and will cellar well until 2023). Reserve it for a special meal (or treat yourself on a random Tuesday). Decant, then serve with fine filet, roasted duckling, lamb, or hearty vegetarian casseroles.