Our first ever vintage of the Club-only, reserve Meritage. Aged 16 months in 30% new french oak, the Meritage consists of 33% Cab Franc, 25% Merlot, 24% Cab Sauv, 18% Petit Verdot. Rich, full-bodied, with a delightfuly silk finish, the Meritage is paired perfectly with a Tuscan Porterhouse Steak.
Aromas of anise, blueberry, and plum. Flavors of graham cracker, cherry and coriander.
Heavy shale and limestone slopes with south/southeast aspect between 1000'-1200' elevation. Dry farmed using sustainable practices.
Individual small lot fermentations in bin and tank. Some lots allowed to age on skins after primary fermentation for up to 3 weeks. Aged in French oak for 18 months.
2014 was a good growing season in Virginia with consistently warm, dry weather throughout the season. The fruit came in with good phenolics and balanced chemistry. Red fruit came in with small berries, due to the lack water, resulting in rich, tannic wines.
Food Pairing Notes