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2011 Reflections Meritage - Alexander Valley

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2011 REFLECTIONS MERITAGE - ALEXANDER VALLEY
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Cases produced: 47
Retail Price: $80
Production: Cold soak followed by small, open top, fermentors
Aging: 24 months in new French oak

The grapes for our 2011 Reflections Meritage come exclusively from the western sloping hillside vineyard on the Kreck estate in Alexander Valley. This is property where Yvonne Kreck grew up and where our winemaker, Jeremy Kreck, and his two brothers were raised. As with our Dry Creek Valley vineyards, sustainable practices are utilized to minimize environmental impact.  The grapes were picked by hand early in the morning at cool temperatures which preserves fruit aromas and flavors; the Merlot on September 20th and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on October 12th.  After de-stemming and crushing, these grapes are cold soaked for 5 days and then fermented on their skins in open top fermentors where they are punched down three times per day. After fermentation, the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for two years.  The nose of this wine is all classic rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor is tart cherry and tangy juniper spice. The finish is of cherry and coffee. Pair this wine with steak in a rich, earthy sauce or with a marinated tri-tip.  It would also be delightful with rich cheeses.  EVEN THOUGH A 2011, STORED PROPERLY, THIS WINE WILL GET EVEN BETTER WITH ADDITIONAL AGE.