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Lock & Key Meritage 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
    13.95% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    Succulent dark fruit flavors, silky-smooth tannins and a wonderfully supple texture. Cabernet adds power and backbone to the blend, Merlot offers beautiful aromatics and lush fruit, and Cabernet Franc imparts texture and a long finish—elements that are treasured in the finest wines.

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    Lock & Key

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    Lock & Key, North Coast, California
    Behind every lock, you can be sure you’ll discover something special—something precious, something worth protecting. It’s only fitting, then, that the winemakers put this Meritage under lock and key—it’s something quite special, indeed.

    Handcrafted in the traditional Bordeaux-style using three of the noble grape varietals—Cabernet, Merlot, and Cab Franc—Lock & Key is an affordable luxury. Made from grapes sourced from California’s prestigious North Coast Appellation, every bottle reveals the riches of Sonoma and Lake County fruit: beguiling aromas, opulently layered blackberry and plum flavors with hints of dark chocolate and tobacco spice, and an extravagantly silky finish.

    Unlocking the treasure inside every bottle is, fortunately, quite simple—a few quick turns of a corkscrew (the key) should undo the lock (the cork).

    North Coast

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    Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

    Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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