2013 Meritage

2013 Meritage
2013 Meritage

This Meritage is a lovely blend of the 5 different Bordeaux varietals: the Merlot gives it its suppleness and length, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite give it the mid-palate structure, the Cabernet Franc and the Malbec lend it its floral notes.

This wine also has wonderful aging potential.

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Garnet

Aromas:  Soft, round, red fruits and leather

Taste:  Black cherry, plum, candied strawberries, and a distinctively pleasant "cola" flavor

Food Pairing:  This Meritage can stand up to strong flavors and textures like grilled flank steak, sauteed mushrooms, truffle oil, blue cheeses as well as other aged cheeses.

Gold Medal - 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition

Tasting notes
Tasting Notes:
 
Color:  Garnet
 
Aromas:  Soft, round, red fruits and leather
 
Taste:  Black cherry, plum, candied strawberries, and a distinctively pleasant "cola" flavor
 
Food Pairing:  This Meritage can stand up to strong flavors and textures like grilled flank steak, sauteed mushrooms, truffle oil, blue cheeses as well as other aged cheeses.
Vintage2013
VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition38% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
Harvest Date10/14/2013
Alcohol13.50%
Wine StyleDry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/12/2015
Cases Produced319

Gold Medal - 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competiton

Silver Medal - 2017 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition

2013 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

The year 2013 was not an easy one in Virginia vineyards;
however, it will likely result in some outstanding wines.
Following the unusually advanced 2012 season, the onset of
the 2013 growing season might be regarded as more “average”
or typical for Virginia.
Waking from a benign winter, Chardonnay, for example, broke
bud in northern Virginia around the third week of April.
However, conditions in April and much of May remained cool.
Scattered frosts occurred near the end of April and again in
May, reducing crops to some extent in the northern Shenandoah
Valley and into northern Virginia. Persistent rains during June
and July illustrated why Virginia is known for variable weather.
The added moisture increased disease pressure. For many in
the northern Piedmont, the monotonous drone of 17-year
periodical cicadas added stress to both growers and some
young vineyards with their egg-laying. Even the normally dry
August saw ample rainfall in much of the state. And then the
weather suddenly improved.
September was gorgeous for ripening both whites and reds —
warm and unusually dry. For those who had managed to bring
crops to this point of the season, the harvest went surprisingly
well. Growers reported somewhat higher-than-average acidity
levels in fruit, but pH and Brix values, as well as overall fruit
quality, were very good. Vertebrate animals, such as raccoons,
birds, deer, and even bear, took an unusually high toll on
ripening grapes during this period, a problem intensified by a
low acorn crop throughout the state. And, finally, a four-day
period of rain in mid-October was the beginning of the end of
harvest for some of the latest-maturing crops in the northern
part of the state. The solace in this story is the high quality of
2013 wines from early assessments.

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