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2016 Dry Creek Vineyard US Red Blend "Meritage"

Dry Creek Vineyard 2016 Meritage

Winery: Dry Creek Vineyard

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Meritage"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 65% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 5% Petite Verdot & 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Dry Creek Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $30

Cases produced: 1,196

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: August 30, 2019

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot based blend from Dry Creek was well-liked by the Tasting Panel. It opens with a blueberry bouquet with a hint of cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and soft. The flavor profile is a black cherry and minerality blend with notes of earthy black tea. We also detected hints of black plum. The finish is dry and has moderate gentle tannins. The Panel suggested pairing this wine with steak tips marinated with a Ken’s Italian dressing. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 vintage is beautifully balanced from start to finish. Aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry and cedar are evident at first swirl. After several minutes of airing, the wine opens up and reveals nuanced spices of white and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is delicious with a silky lushness and tannins that are elegant. Rich flavors of black currant, spiced plum and black cherry come forward with notes of allspice and leather. The finish is seamless and well-integrated.

Organic status: not organic

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