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2018 Meritage
Item No. WINE-18-MERITAGE-  •  In Stock - Ships in 2-3 Business Days

2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage
2018 Meritage

Silky yet taut. A wonderful new Meritage

$33.99club price: $28.89
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About This Item

Winemaking

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot

Hand Harvested & Hand Sorted

Cooperage: 20 months in a combination of 4% new French oak, 57% 1 year old French oak & the balance in neutral barrels.

Harvest Date: 10/13-10/26/2018

Harvest Brix: 21.0 -22.5°

Alcohol: 12.5%

Total Acidity: 5.4 g/L

pH: 3.67

Unfined & Unfiltered

Bottling Date: 3/3/2020

Cases Produced: 415

Vineyard Sites

100% East Side of Seneca Lake

Tasting Notes & Food Pairing

The 2018 vintage is softer and more delicate than those from hotter, dryer years, and the 2018 Meritage is a real treat.  To the eye, we see a striking dark-toned ruby fill the goblet.   On the nose beginning with tantalizing aromas of vanilla, rich brambleberries, cedar and oak, we move on to a palate rich with tobacco, cocoa and an almost savory aspect of heavily whipped, unsweetened cream, fruited with baked black caps!  This is a truly beautiful Meritage featuring taut tannins that should give this wine a healthy bottle life.

Pair with:

Steak, simply seasoned, grilled or cast-iron seared

Hard, Aged Cheeses — Parmesan, Pecorino, Sharp/Aged Cheddar

Roasted Chicken, Pork, Beef

Beef Wellington

Mushrooms

Mushroom Risotto

Cheesy Pastas

Pork BBQ

 

Drink Window: Drink now through 2029+

Serving Temp.: 60-65°f

Vintage Notes

Simply put, 2018 was a challenge.  The year started out just fine.  Winter was relatively mild by Finger Lakes standards.  Though we didn’t get much of a spring, what little we experienced was relatively average.  By July, however, it was beginning to look like we might have a repeat of 2016-- we hadn’t seen any rain since mid-spring.  We needn’t have worried—by the end of July it started raining and never stopped.  It felt like we didn’t see the sun again for the rest of the year!  So yes, the year was challenging.  Faced with such intense humidity and not a lot of intense sunlight during harvest we were again reminded why our philosophy of hand harvesting all of our fruit is so important.  This year hand harvesting allowed us to cull and drop any questionable fruit right there on the ground leaving us confident that we were starting with only the healthiest and most robust grapes we grew and that we were creating the best wines possible – just a little less of it.

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info@damianiwinecellars.com // (607) 546-5557

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