2013 Oakville (Napa Valley) Meritage
Gold Medal, 94 pts, North Coast Wine Challenge; Classic Oakville Red Wine - a contender for blend of the year.
Aged in 40% new French oak, Lot 468 displays the classic elements that define the Oakville AVA. Dip your nose in the glass and discover plush Merlot notes of plum, red currant, green olives, and fresh herbs that mesh seamlessly in a framework of dusty black fruit and earth provided by the Cabernet. With some air in the glass, pretty floral and cherry notes emerge, providing vibrancy and youthfulness. On the palate, mouth coating tannins are infused with black cherry and cassis, with enough acidity for a long and lingering finish.
Style: Medium, Smooth
Flavors: Cassis, Cherry, Tannins
Lot 468 2013 Oakville Meritage is a Merlot/Cabernet blend sourced from the heart of Oakville, and is comprised of some of the best componentry we’ve ever had in a blend – we really have been spoiled by the quality of the 2013 vintage. Born from some of Oakville’s most acclaimed dirt just off Highway 29, the grapes that went into this wine enjoyed some of the greatest growing conditions that the area has ever seen. Bolstered by a hearty injection of Cabernet from Meteor, Stagecoach, and Heimark vineyards, the resulting blend is pure bliss, combining the plump sophistication of Merlot with the depth and complexity of serious hillside Cabernet. Compare at $50+.