Hand harvested in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District on the Silverado Trail inOctober. Twenty months in French oak barrels was followed by four months of bottle aging. These grapes were quickly de-stemmed and each varietal was fermented and ages separately prior to blending and bottling. The style is classic Bordeaux with deep garnet color and aromas of violets, rhubarb, tea and minerals. It is well structured with complex layers of flavors including black currants and berry fruits with hints of graves like lead pencil, pepper and supporting tannins followed by a long finish.
This Meritage is ready to enjoy today but further bottle aging through 2025 will result in additional depth and complexity.
“2013 is looking stellar, and this 50 Harvests reflects that with a dense mouth feel, dark purple/garnet color and a parade of black and red fruits flowing across the palate with well judged oak shading, it starts with creme de cassis, loads of blackberry, plum and dark floral tones with clove, sweet tobacco leaf, minty/pepper, anise and vanilla. The tannins are very refined and natural acidity that comes through with subtle vibrancy make for a creamy smooth Meritage, it’s a wine you’ll want to enjoy young, best over the next 3 to 5 years…”