2010 Lockwood Oaks Meritage
A rich, dark wine that is luscious in character. Black currant, spice, chocolate and cocoa notes rise up in the aromas. The flavors are infused with blackberry fruit, more black currant, cocoa and mocha, with a touch of herbal and spice characters. The wine is rich, the finish long. Enjoy with braised short ribs, steak au poivre or porcini and sun-dried tomato pizza.
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.8% Petit Verdot, 13.6% Merlot, 13.6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
San Antonio Valley
Lockwood Oaks Vineyard
French and American oak barrels, 40% new
We harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec on October 20, 2010 and the remaining grapes on October 30, 2010. In the winery we sorted the bunches to assure only the best and most consistently ripe bunches made their way into the wine and finally aged the blend in French & American oak barrels for 14 months. The result is a rich, dark wine that is luscious in character.
Monterey County is easy to understand. The further north you are, the cooler the climate. Head south and you find progressively warmer temperatures. Our 2010 Meritage was grown in the Lockwood Oaks Vineyard, owned and managed by the fabulous Joyce Yates, in the southernmost reaches of Monterey County in the “San Antonio Valley” AVA. She grafted over some of her Cabernet Sauvignon at our request to produce the Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot in this blend. The rocky soil, south facing aspect and hot daytime/cool nighttime temperatures assure wonderful ripe flavors with less astringency than typically associated with Bordeaux varietals. This is the third Meritage we have produced from this vineyard.