Meritage, Anthem, Sonoma County (2012)
Awarded a Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, this Bordeaux blend is beautifully balanced with rich aromas of blackberry, olive and black licorice that precede sweet dark cherry and more berry flavors. The wine is silky on the palette with dusty cocoa on the finish.
This special occasion wine, created by winemaker Chris Louton, blends Cabernet Sauvignon from our Estate Lagomarsino Vineyard in Russian River Valley with Malbex from the Desimone Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and Cabernet Franc from our Estate Wild Oak Vineyard, also in Sonoma Valley. Meritage wines are provocative wines crafted solely from specific noble Bordeaux grape varietals. The name combines "merit," reflecting the quality of the grapes, with "heritage," recognizing the centuries-old tradition of blending, long considered the highest form of the winemaker's art.
||6 to 8 years
With ideal weather and an abundance of exceptional fruit, it's no secret the 2012 harvest was outstanding. Warm, moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed our fruit to reach the perfect state of ripeness without sacrificing balance and intensity. With no heat spikes, cold weather or rain, the fruit ripened evenly and developed great color and concentrations, producing wines with rich flavors and excellent structure.
Each varietal is placed in its own tank to undergo a five-day cold soak before fermentation to extract optimal color and aroma. Afterwards, each varietal ferments at its own pace, anywhere from 10-21 days. Malolactic fermentation is initiated in tank, at which point each lot is put into French oak barrels, 10% new, and aged for 20 months.