Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc
Cooperage: 8 months in neutral oak
Harvest Date: 10/12/14 – 10/29/14
Harvest Brix: 22.2 – 23.5°
Total Acidity: 6.75 g/L
Cases Produced: 897
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
Make no mistake about it; this mini-Meritage blend is not fooling around. The depth of the wine is apparent even at first sniff. On the nose, the fruit is very pronounced, offering up dark fruit aromas and a hint of anise and autumn leaves. The palate is full and rounded with tannins that are very well integrated. The balance between the mouth-feel and the weight play perfectly with the wine’s plum, cedar and clove flavor profile. An extremely food friendly wine, pair this blend with duck confit or a hearty ratatouille.
Drink now through 2018+
Ever so gently, the spring of 2014 tip-toed in with a very enthusiastic welcome from both grape growers and the vines themselves. The long and harsh winter – both in terms of temperatures and snowfall – reduced the potential crop yields early in the season. With fewer initial clusters, vines were able to deliver a more focused flow of energy and nutrients to the remaining ripening fruit. The Finger Lakes saw spring and summer days with temperatures regularly vacillating from cool to hot with intermittent showers, creating constant shifts and activity in the vineyards as our grapes inched towards maturity. Each hand-harvested vineyard brought fruit to our winemakers that demonstrated playful acidity, promising flavors, and tremendous quality.
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