Monday, August 24, 2009

Chaddsford 2002 Merican - An Eastcoast Treasure!

Anyone who has read these pages for any length of time knows I like Chaddsford Merican. I have watched it grow up from a nice, pleasent red table wine, a pleasant vin de pays, to a mature, big-bodied, exceptional red. Clearly one of the best reds made on the eastcoast.

When having dinner Saturday night, we opened a 2002 Chaddsford Merican.

On June 5, 2008, Jonathan H. Newman, Chairman & CEO, Newman Wine & Spirits, wrote,
"With 25 years of experience in the town of Chadds Ford, Chaddsford Winery is probably Pennsylvania's best winery, and "Merican" is the top of their lineup."

Noah Rothbaum wrote in the August 2007 Mens Journal, "If the name "Brandywine Valley" didn't tip you off that Pennsylvania is wine country, a few small vineyards in the southeast should do the trick. The prime target is Chaddsford, in the town of Chadds Ford. Nab the excellent "Merican" red blend ($40); they make only 600 cases a year."

The wine is roughly 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10%Cabernet Franc from the Miller Estate Vineyard, and 5% PetiteVerdot.

We had it with grilled steak with creamy potato salad and a fresh salad of diced mozarella, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, dice ionions and beets.

It paired up beautifully! Big and rich. Big notes of dark fruits. An exceptional red.

Chaddsford Merican is one of the true treasurs of winemaking on the eastcoast!

Congrats to Eric and Lee Miller.