The Cellar: California Red Blends
Friday, January 13, 2012
Merriam Vineyards is a relatively small producer located in Sonoma County. For owners and vintners Peter and Diana Merriam it is all about the blends, especially Bordeaux style blends. With only two Estate
The 2008 ‘Sned Red’ is an interesting limited production blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Verdot. The Petite Verdot adds density and color, as well as concentrated black fruits flavors. Along with the Cabernet it makes for a good medium-bodied wine. While a little tight and bitter in the beginning, this wine does open up after a while. As it does, the dark fruit flavors reveal themselves, alongside a dose of smoke and an interesting hint of mint on the finish. This wine's tannic backbone and acidity makes it a suitable meat and potato wine.
After more or less being pushed out of what is now the Silicon Valley in the late 1950’s, the apricot and cherry farming Trentadue family moved to Sonoma County's then remote Alexander Valley. There they
This is another wine that needs an hour or so of aeration. The result of this makes for a softer wine than the previous one. The 50+% amount of Zinfandel gives the wine a sweeter fruit profile – jammier, with more baked dark fruit flavors. Interestingly, it also has 31% Petit Sirah, a grape known for adding tannins and spice, among other things. All in all, the Petit Sirah’s dark fruit flavors complement the Zinfandel’s flavors making for a wine that is robust and flavorful.
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