Jefferson Vineyards Meritage
Thomas Jefferson may have said “Good wine is a necessity of life”, but he never had a successful crop in his own vineyard. He tried for years with many different varieties of grapes but failed in his efforts every time. This has all changed over the years and now Jefferson Vineyards produces award winning wines in Virginia on a consistent basis. The 2012 Meritage won the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2015 which proves that amazing wines can be produced on this rich Jefferson Vineyard soil. This is a Bordeaux style wine that is predominately Petit Verdot but blended with other red varieties that provide perfect balance.
In the glass, this wine is garnet in color with ruby highlights on the rim. Intoxicating nose of ripe cherry, cranberry, and cedar with spice box aroma’s. Medium bodied across the palate, smooth, with a good tannin structure. Provocative flavors of ripe red raspberry, plum, with notes of herb and leather. Like a businessman in a cowboy suit……polished yet rustic! On the second sip, more bright red berry flavors came through with hints of anise and cedar leads to a long, graceful finish.
A stylish balance of red fruits and earthly nuances. A style that helps it pair with a diverse variety of foods. Pair with game dishes, grilled steak, spicy pork, sausage, Greek salad (with lamb), and medium cheeses. This Meritage is a perfect union with food but can also be enjoyed on its own. This is a fun, yet serious Meritage from Jefferson Vineyards and deserves a 92 point rating! It can be enjoyed now or cellar up through 2020. Average of $28 a bottle. WineSplashing!!