2014 Cellar Club Meritage D Block East

2014 Cellar Club Meritage D Block East
2014 Cellar Club Meritage D Block East

The 2014 D-Block East Meritage was made from predominately Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which were harvested from 16 rows of vines that were planted back in 1996 as the cornerstone of Breaux VIneyards "D-block."  This wine has been aged 24 months in a combination of American and French oak.

Tasting notes:

Color:  Dark maroon

Aromas:  Dried cherry, ripe plum, dried currants and a touch of oak aging

Taste:  Medium-bodied wine expressing juicy red fruits, soft tannins and a subtle toastiness

Food pairing:  Seared duck breast w/ cherries & port sauce. Cocoa dusted chocolate truffles

Vintage2014
VarietalBlend
Varietal Composition32% - 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
32% - 2014 Merlot
16% - 2014 Cabernet Franc
16% - 2014 Petit Verdot
4% - 2014 Malbec
AppellationLoudoun County, Virginia
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
PH3.64
Alcohol13.60%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/21/2016
Cases Produced138

2014 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia was spared some of the extreme cold that impacted
grape-growing regions to our north and west over the
2013/2014 winter. Nonetheless, a number of Virginia
vineyardists reported some degree of vine cold injury,
especially in northern Virginia, into the western Piedmont
and into southwest Virginia, where some of the state’s lowest
temperatures occurred on 7 and 23 January 2014. The injury
was greatest on those varieties that we recognize as being
relatively cold tender, such as Tannat, but even some of the
more “moderately” hardy vinifera varieties, such as Cabernet
Franc and Viognier, experienced some bud and trunk injury.
The roller-coaster temperatures of winter continued into March
and April, with some frost affecting southwest and Shenandoah
Valley vineyards on the mornings of 15-16 April. Although we
have seen an advance of budburst over the past 15 years,
budburst of Chardonnay at the AHS AREC (24 April) was close
to average recorded in the 90’s.
The growing season was unusually wet in May and June,
unusually dry in September until mid-October, and cooler
overall than in recent years. There were exceptions, but wildlife
such as deer, bear, squirrels and raccoons did not cause the
grape depredation that many vineyards witnessed in 2013.
Some of this likely related to more abundant primary food
sources such as acorns. Pests that were present at greater-
than-normal pressure included Japanese beetle and mites;
mite populations often spike as growers attempt to combat
Japanese beetles. Some growers, particularly in central
Virginia, reported “stalled” ripening rates with certain varieties,
including Merlot and Chardonnay. While the causes of this
delayed ripening were not always apparent and likely varied
from vineyard to vineyard, a common observation was cloudy,
cool weather in late summer.
Harvest generally went well. As with 2013, the 2014 period of
September and early October was generally very favorable for
ripening. Many growers reported that their 2014 crop levels
were greater than those of 2012 and 2013. Thus, the state’s crop
losses due to winter injury and spring frost injury would be
offset somewhat by greater crops in uninjured vineyards. Sugar
levels were somewhat depressed and acidity levels somewhat
increased for many. The consensus, however, was that the
favorable weather in the final 30 to 50 days before harvest was
associated with very high-quality fruit, and great wine potential.

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