Making wine is an adventure! After a bold journey from the Fairplay AVA through 21 months in French and American oak our 1850 Meritage arrives with a score worth telling stories around the campfire. Wine Enthusiast scores 1850 Meritage 91 points making this wine HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
We were able to take advantage of a mid-harvest heat spell which allowed the fruit to fully mature enough to harvest. Upon crushing we took a 10% saignee (bleeding off of juice) to concentrate the already ripe flavors even more. We utilized a yeast strain isolated from the Bordeaux region to ferment the wine. Post fermentation we aged the wines separately in a blend of French and American oak. The resulting wines are some of the best to come off our vineyards. We decided to blend a portion of those wines into this Meritage as a taste summary of our Fair Play AVA vineyards.