Lot 737 | 2018 Sierra Foothills
A rich, vibrant Bordelaise blend with a terrific sense of place.
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- Sierra Foothills
- Cabernet Franc 51%, Petit Verdot 49%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2027
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The Sierra Foothills is one of our favorite regions to find new treasures. Entirely appropriate, given its location at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – the heart of the California gold rush. Here amidst rolling oak-studded hillsides and long forgotten 49er ghost towns, about 100 boutique wineries continue a tradition of viticulture that dates back to the 1840s. Almost all of them are too small for nationwide distribution, but lucky for you, our reach is deep!
We love this AVA because of its reasonable land costs, great sun/wind exposure, and prime drainage – all the check marks for “California hidden gem.” Lot 737 comes to us from a beautiful winery located a short trek from historic Route 49. A Bordelaise blend of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine is produced from estate vineyards at 1300 ft elevation under the hands of a winemaker whose resume is littered with 90+ scores and gold medals from his work in Napa, Sonoma, and the Sierra Foothills alike. Yours today for about half the original price!
Couldn't put it down
This Meritage from Sierra Foothills is exactly what I was hoping for. I did not decant and just filled my glass to enjoy over time. Love the way it opened up and changed with each sip.
A bit jammy, but subtle flavors emerge on the palate. Good now; probably excellent if laid down a while.
Deep ruby color. Jammy--perhaps too much so-- on first tasting; then more subtle flavors emerge. Oakiness and more astringent. Enjoyed it on its own and with Beyond Burgers. I rated it a great value on the presumption that had I not been impatient to open the bottle and allowed it to age for another year or two it would have been better still.
Will lay the rest up and try again later.
Burst of flavors
The color is a dark, deep inky-red. Since I did not have time to decant it, I poured it though an air rater. The first impression was a stunner. A burst of flavors in my mouth, dark berries mostly. I could not tell right away whether this wine was rich and complex or just overwhelming like a hit with a sledge hammer. My husband enjoyed it.
Wanted to wait on this but had to get into one. It was terrific right out of the gate. Great value there. If it improves over time, then I suspect a 5 star bottle (dollar weighted). Had it with a variety of restaurant take-out, but I suspect it would be very pleasing with any hearty meal, cheeses, stand-alone too.
Never disappointed with a Meritage. Nice with or without a meal
I am not a wine expert, so wasn't sure what to expect from Meritage, but this wine was excellent. I've come to realize that wines from Sierra Foothills seem to be balanced without acidity! I love this and will def get again!
Great Value Blend
As great winemakers showcase their blends more and more, we've come to really appreciate them. This blend is an excellent example. We're going to follow the advice offered in other reviews and give the next bottle a lot of time to open up.
Too good to keep in the cellar
We drink this pretty fast . I don't think I will keep too much for very long. Nice blend and the price is right
As promised by CH, this is a delightful meritage, with beautiful fruity flavors, and lasting finish. Wonderful with any food, but especially a hearty meat pasta.