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Meritage 2017

An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, aged 18 months in French oak barrels.

Youthful in its fruit clarity expressing layers of plum, blackberry, and violets edged with earth, white pepper, and a touch of smoke. Supple and posh, the mouthfeel is reminiscent of silk with a spicy bite.

Pair with Beef (Grilled or Roasted), Lamb (Roasted), Duck (Roasted), Cheese (Hard and/or Stinky), Eggplant (Grilled), Bell Peppers, Rosemary, Thyme.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
ACID 7.0 g/L
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
PH 3.47
Residual sugar 0.7 g/L
AGING 18 Months Aging. 1st and 2nd Fill Barrels.
Alcohol % 12.9

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TASTING NOTES

Youthful in its fruit clarity expressing layers of plum, blackberry, and violets edged with earth, white pepper, and a touch of smoke. Supple and posh, the mouthfeel is reminiscent of silk with a spicy bite.


VINEYARD NOTES

The Meritage is a blend of vineyard sites on both Keuka and Seneca Lake. The shallow, shale-based soils on Keuka Lake adds minerality, acidity, and elegance while the deep honeoye silt loam soils on Seneca Lake are a few degrees warmer than Keuka providing riper fruit notes. During the aging process, better tasting barrels are put aside and all evenly aged for 18 months. The blend is comprised of 15 total barrels; 5 barrels of each variety. The barrels for this blend are new and 2nd fill French oak.


WINEMAKER NOTES

The 2017 vintage was a study on how much weather conditions can vary from year to year. The 2016 growing year was very hot and dry with very little precipitation. Winter before the 2017 growing season was cold but our vines survived without any damage. The 2017 growing season was cooler with ample precipitation all year long with plenty of sunshine. That made for a vintage with good production and plenty of time to develop complexity.


VARIETY

33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot.

VINEYARD

A blend of Seneca and Keuka vineyards.

VINIFICATION

De-stemmed. Several Day Cold Soak.

VESSEL

Open-Top Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.

FERMENTATION

Traditional. 3 Times Daily Manual Punchdowns.

ÉLEVAGE

18 Months Aging. 1st and 2nd Fill Barrels.

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