Meritage, Anthem, Sonoma County (2013)
This Bordeaux blend is a big, bold and balanced wine with rich aromas of dark berries, vanilla and peppercorn that merge with flavors of black cherry, cranberry and blueberry compote. Plush and velvety on the palette with a touch of cocoa and spice on the finish, this special wine can be cellared or enjoyed now.
For the 2013 vintage of this Meritage blend, Winemaker Chris Louton chose fruit from our Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon from our Lagomarsino Vineyard in Russian River Valley, Merlot from our Behler Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and Petit Verdot from our Wild Oak Vineyard, also in Sonoma Valley.
High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.
Meritage wines are luxurious 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.
Each varietal is placed in its own tank to undergo a four-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, 40% new, and aged for 20 months.
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