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Date Printed: 8/28/2015
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2005
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 2005
(search item no. 96909)

PRICE ON 8/28/2015: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 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:

A Bordeaux blend of 51% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

The 2005 Meritage exhibits classic Bordeaux characters of bright cherry, chocolate, and a wonderful dried floral component. On the palate, each varietal adds layers of depth and richness creating a seamless experience. Blueberry, plum, cassis, and spicy black pepper flavors provide interest. The finish is framed by succulent tannins and excellent acidity that give the wine backbone and strength. An elegant and sophisticated experience from start to finish!

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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.