2016 Meritage

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2016 Meritage
2016 Meritage

Meritage wines are provocative red or white wines crafted solely from specific "noble" Bordeaux grape varieties and are considered to be the very best wines of the vintage.

Meritage, pronounced like heritage, first appeared in the late 1980s after a group of American vintners joined forces to create a name for New World wines blended in the tradition of Bordeaux. The word was selected from more than 6,000 entries in an international contest. Meritage combines "merit," reflecting the quality of the grapes, with "heritage," which recognizes the centuries-old tradition of blending, long considered to be the highest form of the winemaker's art.

Meritage wines are growing in popularity and are currently the second fastest growing wine category in the industry. They are highly regarded for their aging potential, yet are completely approachable in their youth.

Tasting notes

Color: Ruby

Aromas: Dark cherry, blackberry and toffee.

Taste: Medium body, and medium tannins. It has flavors of tart cherry, blackberry, cassis and bramble.

Production notes

Aged 14 months new and used French and American Oak.

VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition57% Merlot
19% Cabernet Franc
18% Petit Verdot
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Malbec
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards - L, X, M, T & Y Blocks
Harvest Date10/15/2016
Acid4.9 mg/L
Aging14 months new and used French and American Oak
Residual Sugar0%
Wine StyleRed Blend
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/28/2018
Cases Produced495

2016 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2016 growing season followed a generally challenging winter, with significant snowfall and low temperatures in January and February. Three solid weeks of late winter/early spring rains were followed by a late frost in the first and second weeks of April. The late frost was especially damaging to smaller growers, many of whom lost their entire crops for the year. A hotter than usual summer, especially in late July and early August, presented growers with another set of challenges, especially as rain was intense but infrequent during this period.

A late start to winter, as well as an overall warmerthan-usual November and December, extended the time available for harvest, with many growers not completing their harvest before the end of November when students from Virginia Commonwealth University began reaching out to them to collect data for this report. Cold weather didn’t truly arrive until the second week of December, when temperatures stayed consistently below freezing for the first time in the 2016 season. 

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