2001 DRX Meritage

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Some of the greatest wines in the world are Merlot based blends, most notably from the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol districts of Bordeaux, France, where the famous Petrus Blanc (95% Merlot) sells for several hundred dollars per bottle when first released. Our Merlot is made in that style.
What sets us apart from the famous French maker is that we can get our fruit riper in California than they typically can in France. This full vine ripeness, like a strawberry from your garden instead of the supermarket, produces more generous fruit oriented flavors in the wine, a hallmark of the best from California.

With this Merlot we’ve married this California ripe fruit to the structure and balance of the traditional French style Merlot. We’ve updated Petrus so to speak. The result is a Merlot that has good structure and modern balance. It has layered complexity unexpected in a California Merlot. Alcohol: 14%, Residual sugar 0.0%


Technical Data

Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Franc 17%, Malbec 4%, Petit Verdot 3%

Alcohol: 14%, Residual sugar 0.0%

Barrel aged: 30 months Bottle aged to date: 3 years Life expectancy: 15 more years Bottled 200 cases, May 5, 2004

2001 DRX Meritage