The Parker family has been farming grapes - along with pears, olives and Christmas trees - for over 60 years. They're located in southern Mendocino, just above Sonoma's wine haven, the Russian River.
Obviously, they have a sense of humor. In order to get the point across about the size of their wine, they named it Le Gros Cul, which translates to "the big ...." And there you have it.
Their wines normally sell for about twice the price of our selection, but because they barely made enough to fill our needs, we were able to negotiate a great price to pass on to our members. This type of situation is accelerating, as more wineries are selling less wine, which means better buys. And this one is just the start.
In a cool climate like Mendocino, softer varietals like Merlot normally enjoy the benefit of staying on the vines longer, thus allowing the root system to pack more flavor into the grape clusters.
That couldn't be more obvious here. Don't forget, Merlot is the principle grape in Bordeaux, especially on the Right Bank, where some of the most luscious and larger-than-life wines come from. And this wine would fit right in.
Our selection could be labeled the "dark side" of Merlot, in that it shows the grape's bigger, bolder and more extracted facets - ones that could give Cabernet Sauvignon a run for the top spot among reds. This isn't a contest, but our selection is a winner. Lots of buried black cherry and plum, here, and a great finish.