Allure Meritage 2016
A soft, complex, Bordeaux-style wine for soft, complex foods.
Allure is a Meritage, a seamless blend of the Nobel 5 Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc but with not one varietal dominating.
There is no doubt that this wine contains all of the “noble five” grapes of Bordeaux, but they have become so integrated that they are now the “Sixth Bordeaux!”
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An intense crimson color and a subtle bouquet that is both fruity and floral, displaying notes of fresh fig, blackberry, and red fruit such as raspberry, as well as hints of violet found in great vintages.
The wine is delightful on the palate thanks to its power, richness, body, and concentration. Blessed with superb balance, Allure Meritage displays an incredible combination of power, delicacy, ripeness, and freshness.
Complete and complex, it is above all smooth. Its complex bouquet will blossom over time while the wine's intrinsic freshness and power will undoubtedly remain unchanged.
Only 500 cases produced.
No complaints about the 2016 vintage, the growing season got off with budbreak early in February. The lack of heat spikes meant slow ripening allowing us to wait for the gradual accumulation of the flavors we wanted. Cool and cloudy, August gave us a few extra weeks of hang time without excessive sugar accumulation and by harvest the berries were firm, had healthy skins with great flavors, good acidity and excellent freshness.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.