As I sit here and write this, I’m trying to come up with some sort of analogy or description for the reader that will crystallize exactly how special this wine is. It’s not an easy task. In fact, it’s almost to damn with faint praise that I come up with the most apt word of all: Consistency. And that really is a shame – for in the recent shadow of some underwhelming Zinfandels, when I reached for this to pair with a beautiful homemade bolognese sauce, the notion in my mind was: “Time to run home to Mama”. Like Derek Jeter, perhaps never the best shortstop in the league at any one given time, but clearly among the greatest.
The 2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage is nothing short of great. It’s an old standby, and even now, with my expectations firmly in place, it continues to hit the mark. Deep violet to purple in the glass, the wine’s aroma is effusive, with crushed berries, floral tones, anise, and minerals all mingling in a wonderful perfume. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full bodied, with ripe, dusty, berries framed with suede, slight tobacco and dust. The juicy tannins are balanced wonderfully by the acids, that refresh the palate and seemingly compel another sip. A blend of mostly Cabernet (44%) with 27% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine exudes class and elegance and is clearly a staple for the cellar. Drinking well now, it will age gracefully for 3-5 years. 92 points, and at about $18, a tremendous value. Bravo!
|2007 Dry Creek Meritage|
May 8, 2012