I could be sipping a summer white wine on this unseasonably warm February evening, but my sister Jackie and her boyfriend Sean live in Seattle and it happens to be Sean’s birthday – Happy Birthday Sean! So, when I saw a Meritage from Washington at the store today, I couldn’t NOT pick it up.
49% Merlot, 44% Cab Sauv, 6% Malbec, 1% Cab Franc. Quite a blend! This wine smelled powerful when I first opened it and when I took a sip it tasted pretty harsh. After about 45 minutes of being open… rich, powerful dark fruit on the nose. It also smells like a cigar – sweet tobacco smell and a little campfire too. Serious plum and cherry jam on the midpalate. This wine finishes like a Cabernet, and yes, there is cab in it but since it is about half Merlot I expected the finish to be way more mellow. But tasty nonetheless! Just be sure to open this 45 minutes to an hour before consumption :-)