At first swirl, this wine displays a wonderful aromatic liveliness. This lifting effect on the nose translates to an elegant and seamless experience on the palate with a core of juicy black fruit, chocolate, black plums, cassis, black and red cherry, black tea, vanilla, and spice. The tannins are ripe and round, framing the wonderful ethereal qualities of the Dry Creek Valley appellation. Structured and sophisticated, this incredible wine is crafted for long-term aging. Greater than the sum of its collective parts, this vintage spent 26 months aging in French oak, of which 52% was new.
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot. This Bordeaux-style blend represents Dry Creek Vineyard's best effort to produce an exquisitely balanced and textured wine with the ability to age for a decade or more. By definition, meritage is the "merit" and "heritage" of the vine and is a true winemaker's art form. On the label, there is a quote from an unspecified book published in 1890 containing "The Building of the Ship" poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "In spite of rock and tempest's roar, In spite of false lights on the shore, Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!"