Allure Meritage 2018
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 1,200 cases produced.
The 2018 season was seamless with heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set.
Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions as the fruit developed flavor complexity, approaching maturity with gradual increases in sugar levels, reaching optimal balance of brix and pH levels at harvest.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.