2011 Meritage

meritage2011 Science gives way to art when a winemaker puts together a blend of wines that is greater than the sum of its parts. We evaluate the characteristics of the parts we have to work with and then create a blend that shows the best of our Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (30%), Petit Verdot (15%), and Cabernet Franc (4%). A light oak aroma balances dark berries on the nose.  The flavour opens up to reveal layers of currants and juicy red fruit, subtle juniper and mocha.  A full mouthfeel is complimented by soft tannins that provide a very pleasant and lasting fruit filled finish that will have you reaching for another sip.

In the winery, we pair this wine with a dark chocolate cherry truffle, made with tart Morello cherries.  It pairs equally well with Steak au Poivre or a pork loin roast, complimented with a hash of peppered potatoes and Granny Smith apples.

Retail price: $22

This wine has the distinction of being one of twelve wines included in the Virginia Governor’s Case, 2014.

Vineyards: North Gate (Petit Verdot), Russ Mountain (Merlot), Maggie Malick Wine Caves (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), and WeatherLea Farm (Cabernet Franc)
Bottling Date: June 24, 2013
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Alcohol Content: 13%
pH: 3.75
TA: 5.2 g/l
Case Count: 490