Best of Class - 2022 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Best of Class - 2022 Finger Lakes Intl. Wine Competition (New York); Double Gold, 96 pts. - 2022 Harvest Terrior Challenge (Sonoma); Gold - 2023 Boston Intl. Wine Competition; Double Gold - 2022 SommCon Concours d'Vin (San Diego); Gold - 2022 Denver Intl. Wine Competition ------ Very complex aromas, mainly strawberries. Aromas of black currant, French oak and vanilla. Full bodied, silky texture with a hint of spice. Finish is lengthy.
About the Vineyard
This Meritage blend consists of three diﬀerent grape varietals grown at two separate vineyards. Both the Petite Verdot and Malbec were grown at Santa Margarita Vineyard, while the Cabernet Sauvignon was grown at Dos Robles Vineyard in the El Pomar region of Paso Robles.
Spring was mild and wet followed by a period of unusually warm and humid weather. Warm weather during most of the growing season, coupled with drought-busting rains and a late heat spike, created vigorous growth and more clusters per vine. The fruit showed great intensity, with lower brix levels and higher acids than normal.
We started by selecting premium barrels toasted using infrared light rather than open ﬂame, allowing for much higher precision during toasting with a lower impact of smokiness on the ﬁnished wine. Additional racking introduced a small amount of oxygen further softening tannins and adding more of a brick-red hue to the color.
11 Barrels Produced
Aged 18 months in 25% new French oak, 15% new American oak, 5% Hungarian oak, 55% neutral barrels