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Wine of the Week: Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Meritage-$30

1/17/2018, 2:52 p.m.
Winemaker David Stare of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley was the first California winemaker to use the term "Meritage" on a ...
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Winemaker David Stare of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley was the first California winemaker to use the term "Meritage" on a label. The name connotes a unique style of Bordeaux been that combines the merit of the grapes used with the heritage of the vine, thus the term "Meritage."

Dry Creek Meritage 2013 ($30) is everything desired in a red Bordeaux style blend from California and more. It's a wine that lingers long on the palate and allows more complex flavors to emerge the longer it is allowed to

breath in the glass and to age in the bottle. A blend of 40% Merlot, 33%

Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, and2% Petit Verdot, the

wine announces itself with a nose of crushed red violets, followed by the

pronounced flavor of bright red cherries. Not long after, flavors of really

ripe blackberries and nutmeg and allspice begin to emerge. Allowing the

wine to sit in the glass or decanter for a period of time even brings out

more of the wines cavalcade of flavors; hints of cinnamon stick, dried

blackberries and a hint of safe or oregano and a whisper of black pepper

and sandalwood. This is a beautifully balanced Bordeaux style wine, which

is winemaker David Stare's specialty and this year's release is a crowning

achievement. The wine is great for an elegant wintertime meal of fine steak

or roasted game meats, such as duck, turkey or pheasant. A really excellent

case can be made for a simple pasta dish made with fresh field mushrooms or

truffles is a sure bet. The wine is so good; it’s just as easy to forego all

the hassle of cooking to just enjoy it on its own with a favorite recording

of Amadeus or Miles and a roaring fire. Save a glass or so in the bottle to

savor the next day; it will taste even better then.