Allure Meritage 2006
Meritage Allure is a seamless blend of the Nobel 5 Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc but with not one varietal dominating.
In the glass a lovely blackberry nose with alluring hints of plum and blackcurrant character. The palate offers a fresh although gently textured wine covering the ripe tannins that persist to the end very nicely with a depth, substance and richness. One can feel this wine unfolding, revealing layer upon layer of delicate flavor, then the surprise, taken into the mouth together with a complex, multi flavored food like lasagna, the whole experience sings.
508 cases produced
Unusually cool and wet spring weather early in the growing season caused a late start and finish. Warm summer heat followed by more moisture contributed to short crops then with a sudden rise in temperature, harvest accelerated; early varietals ripened simultaneously, creating round-the-clock work. A drop in temperature mid-August permitted a longer hang-time for our red grapes.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.