Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jefferson Vineyards Viogier, Pinot Gris, and Meritage

So, first table I stopped at tonight was Virgina. Gee, I wonder how you could tell.

Three fabulous wines here: Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Meritage.

In 2008 I raved about the Viongier. How could I not rave about it again? Especially when it's just as aromatic and just as fabulous. Awesome! As far as I am concerned, the ultimate Viogier.

Pinot Gris
Melons and lemon peel on the nose, followed by bright, polished acidity carrying flavors of the same, as well as honeysuckle and grapefruit. An elegant wine! Really fine. Also won Double Gold, International Eastern Wine Competition 2008 and Silver Medals, including the Finger Lakes International, Monticello Cup, Lodi Wine Awards, Atlantic Seaboard and Tasters Guild International Wine Competition.

Last but not least is the Meritage red. Vintage 2007. The 2006 edition of this wine was 37% Cabernet France, 30% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Produced from just less than 25% of the total red wine harvest, the 2006 Meritage balanced intense, sweet, palate-saturating red and black fruits with a delicacy rarely found in Bordeaux blends. I am assuming that the 2007 edition worked as hard, if not in the same exact amounts, to achieve it's incredible taste. The 2007 was absolutely as good as it's predecessor. Touches of cassis, espresso and chocolates can be found. Nice tannins and acid make for a balanced wine. Won Gold Medal at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and Silver Medals at Finger Lakes International, Indy International, Atlantic Seaboard and San Diego International Wine Competitions.