It all starts in the vineyard where our winemaker, Bill Brosseau, works with our growers to balance the vines so they produce rich, fl avorful, and nutritionally healthy fruit, without over or under stressing the vines. All of the fruit is carefully hand sorted, and a gravity fl ow process is used throughout fermentation. In the cellars, we carefully handle the juice and resulting wine at every step, ensuring maximum varietal and site typicity. Due to the inherent concentration of the Meritage blend, we age it in barrel for up to 24 months so it can develop at a graceful pace, lending it to maximum complexity and enjoyment for many years to come.
The 2008 vintage was similar to 2007 except not as dry and warm. All of the fi res across California lead to a fair amount of overcast days and thus, higher humidity. The wines have soft tannins and are quite approachable.
Dark red color. This Meritage blend opens up nicely with notes of blackberry, blueberry, and anise. With extended aeration, some hints of cocoa and crème brulee become evident. Upon taste, the fl avors of cocoa and blackberry sail into the palate and are met with some currant. The texture of this wine displays fi ne, yet expansive tannins. Moderate acidity gives the palate a freshness that will pair with many food dishes. The finish is focused, pure, and balanced leading to immediate enjoyment or for the next 7 to 8 years - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking