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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2003
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2003
(search item no. 89762)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes: 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

The 2003 Meritage is the first vintage incorporating Malbec into the blend. The addition of this varietal adds additional layers of depth and complexity to this stylish and elegant wine. The aromas begin with ripe black cherry and finish with vanilla and a hint of mocha. On the palate, bright currant and plum flavors lead to cedar and tobacco notes. This wine is seamless and well-integrated from beginning to end and should age and develop beautifully for several years to come.

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.