Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc
Cooperage: 15 months in a combination of mostly new French and American oak
Unfined and unfiltered
Harvest Brix: 22.8 - 24.5°
Cases Produced: 257
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
Tobacco aromas mingle with vanilla and American oak on the nose. On the palate this wine is full of summer plums that give way to currants, bramble berry and leather with a long finish of sandalwood and dusty black cherries. With firm tannins, the 2013 Meritage will develop for years to come. Decant before serving, and pair this blend with venison with red currant and Morel mushroom sauce, Bordeaux marinated flank steak or cacao rubbed Delmonico steak.
Drink now through 2023+
Warm weather enthusiastically welcomed the spring of 2013 and brought bud-break slightly ahead of schedule. Warmer than average temperatures throughout the early and middle parts of the growing season showed promise of a great vintage. As the season progressed, the summer brought moderate rainfall, which when coupled with the high temperatures created high disease pressure within our vineyards. Diligent leaf-pulling and fruit-thinning relieved an abundance of stress from our grapes and resulted in beautiful fruit, fully ripened and without disease. The fall ushered in cool weather and generous winds, leading to drier conditions and an ideal harvest. The wines produced from the 2013 vintage are finessed with bright fruity flavors and fine, elegant tannins.
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