2012 Meritage

2012 Meritage
2012 Meritage

Dark Cherry on the nose opens with red fruits (think raspberry), lavender, tar, and leather with subtle hints of coco powder.  Medium-bodied on the palate with flavors of cherry and prunes up front that flows into tight assertive tannins. Finishes clean and dry. 

Color:  Garnet

Cases Produced: 500

Gold Medal - 2017 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition

Tasting notes

Dark Cherry on the nose opens with red fruits (think raspberry), lavender, tar, and leather with subtle hints of coco powder.

Medium-bodied on the palate with flavors of cherry and prunes up front that flows into tight assertive tannins. Finishes clean and dry. 

Production notes
•Fermented in small lots, cold soaked for 4 days then pumped over daily for a week.
•Free run and press lots separated and blended prior to bottling
•20% in new French and American oak, 80% used French oak
Vintage2012
VarietalMeritage Blend
Varietal Composition40% 2012 Merlot, 40% 2012 Malbec, 10% 2012 Petit Verdot, 9% 2012 Cab Franc, 1% 2012 Cab Sauv
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
DesignationVirginia
Acid6.7 g/L
PH3.5
Alcohol13.30%
Wine StyleDry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/12/2014
  • Gold Medal - 2017 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal - 2015 Riverside International (CA) Wine Competion
  • Silver Medal - 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competiton

The Merlot clones in the Meritage include 3,181,and 343. All clones are  grown on Lyre system on the foothill of the Short Hill Mountain range at an altitude of 750—780 feet. Harvest yields for the Merlot are at an average of 3.25 T/Acre.  The Malbec  is grown at a slightly lower altitude and is grown on VSP and Lyre. The average harvest in 2012 was 3.2 T/acre.

2012 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia vineyards produced high-quality fruit in 2012. 2012 was
not an excessively challenging year for growing grapes. We had
a long growing season with budbreak occurring three to four
weeks earlier than normal across the state. Minimal spring
frost damage across the state allowed most vineyards to pull
in a full crop. Hot weather was prominent through the summer
months, but in September and October the weather was
considerably cooler, with more pleasant ripening temperatures.
Two large storms caused some trellis and fence damage - the
derecho in June and Hurricane Sandy in late October - though
neither storm impacted fruit quality.
Early-season whites and late-season reds generally seemed
to ripen optimally in 2012. Growers reported some flattening
of ripening rates of mid-season reds. A new fruit fly species
in the area caused some growers  to harvest earlier than
preferred. Warm, wet weather events in late August caught
some growers off-guard, but overall, diseases were generally
manageable in 2012.

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