|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
Medium-bodied wine with aromas of cranberry and dried cherry. It is soft and savory on the palate with a hint of spicy black peppercorn leading the way to a gentile tannic finish.
The 2011 Meritage is a right bank Bordeaux style blend composed of 100% Estate Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The Cabernet Franc that comprises 55% of the blend was harvested on November, 13th at 22° Brix. Letting the grapes hang on the vines until this late date in the 2011 season allowed us to achieve maximum ripeness. The juice was then fermented in the traditional method in bins with manual punch downs. After fermentation the wine was aged on American oak from New York State for 9 months. Two smaller single lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were harvested earlier on November 4th and October 15th respectively. After fermentation these wines were aged in 2nd and 3rd year French Oak Barrels for 9 months. Only our very favorite 2 barrels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were selected for the final blend.