Blending is the art of bringing varietals together to establish a harmony of flavors and aromas by adding complexity, depth, and balance to a wine. Accentuating that the sum is greater than the parts.
A classic Meritage is blended from three or more of the five noble grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Each varietal brings special qualities and components to the wine.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Rich, full structured from the mid palate threw the finish. Aromas of Blackberry, Currant, Violet, Plum, and Herbs. Typically the highest percentage of the blend.
- Merlot: Adds roundness and suppleness. The 'donut hole' varietal. Flavors of ripe Cheery, Cranberry, Plum, and Chocolate. More fruit forward on the palate than Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Petit Verdot: Inky dark color, adding depth and character. Aromas of Violet, Plum, Black Cheery, Molasses, and Pepper. Dark aromas with strong tannins.
- Cabernet Franc: The 'Spice Rack' varietal with bold flavors. Aromas range from Dark Cheery and Raspberry to slightly herbaceous notes of Anise, Clove, Earth, Sage, Tobacco, and Mint.
- Malbec: Inky dark colored. Plush on the mid palate. Flavors of Cherry and Berry Jam. Adds stuffing but not much tannin.
Blending not only showcases the varietals but, more importantly, the terroir of the land. An expression of the richness, vibrancy and supple texture of the vineyards.