2010 Meritage 6L
October 4-26, 2010
Unlike the majority of our wines that are single-vineyard, this wine is a blend of choice lots from several of our prime estate vineyards. We hand select barrels of Cabernet from our Central Park West Vineyard in St. Helena, our Cloud’s Nest Vineyard on Mt. Veeder and our Mario’s Vineyard surrounding the winery in St. Helena; Merlot from our Vista Montone Vineyard in Southern Napa; and Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from our Central Park West Vineyard in St. Helena.
The 2010 vintage started out with a very cool and wet spring that let into the characteristically dry, though slightly cooler than normal, Napa summer. Usually the Napa Valley goes through several heat spikes and in 2010 these were on the late side without significant heat until the third week of August and then additional heat waves in September and October.
“This is my favorite wine to make because I get to choose from all our estates to craft a wine that is layered and approachable upon release. Cabernet is the backbone, Petit Verdot adds color and aromatics, Merlot contributes to the mid-palate and the aromatics, and Cabernet Franc elongates the finish. It starts with rich dark plum, roasted tomato and baking spice aromas with floral, thyme and cola hints. Concentrated flavors of dried black cherries, all spice and dark plum lead into an opulent and silky mouthfeel with a lingering finish.” - Mario Monticelli