Estate Meritage Vertical
Best of California- California State Fair (2010)
Best of Class- California State Fair (2010)
Double Gold Medal - California State Fair (2010)
Gold Medal– Grand Harvest Awards (2011)
Announcing the extremely special vertical release of our first three vintages of Estate Meritage signed by John, Austin or Paul Hawley!
The Estate Meritage is a multi-layered and complex blend, showcasing Bordeaux varietals from the Hawley Vineyard. All the grapes for this wine were grown on our ranch and farmed organically. The small yields and thick skins from our vineyard produce very concentrated wines in both color and flavor.
The 2010 vintage of our Estate Meritage is a blend of 48% merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Cabernet franc. This wine shows wonderful dark berry and ripe plum aromas with hints of flint, clove and cedar.
The 2011 vintage of our Estate Meritage is a blend of 36% Merlot, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Cabernet Franc. A delicate perfume of dried flowers on the nose is a prelude to a dense core of cassis and dark cherry on the palate.
The 2012 release of our Estate Meritage is a blockbuster of a wine, modeled after wines from the left bank region of Bordeaux, France. The blend consists of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. You will be greeted with bold aromas of blueberry and cassis, with a hint of cedar in the background. This is a full-bodied wine, loaded with layers of dark fruit, leather, and graphite. Approachable and seductive now, this densely structured wine will reward those who are willing to cellar this wine for years to come.
The term Meritage (taken from “merit” and “heritage”) was created in 1988 to represent Bordeaux-style wine blends. To legally call your wine a Meritage, you must belong to the Meritage association, which stipulates that the wine must be a blend of only Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Merlot and Carmenere), it must be your best blend, and under 25,000 cases.
Aged for a little over two years in French oak barrels.