Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Lovely Decade: Stone Mountain Vineyard Twelve Barrels Meritage (VA)


Jim and Deanna Gephart are the owners of Stone Mountain Vineyard. Jim and Deanna came to Virginia from the West Coast in 2011 to finish out their federal government careers.  Never anticipating that they would fall in love with Virginia and want to stay after retirement. Jim was a veteran and retired federal law enforcement officer, and Deanna was a retired US Public Health Service Officer. Neither knew anything about starting or running a winery.

The winery is located in the Monticello AVA in Virginia.


Stone Mountain Vineyards Twelve Barrel Meritage is a non-vintage blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petite Verdot, and 16% Merlot. Twelve Barrels Meritage is their signature Bordeaux style blend that only uses their best grapes from multiple vintages to produce a Meritage produced in batch sizes of 12 barrels. 

I bought this wine at least 10 years ago, so figure that was 2010 or so. And the wine must be a blend of 2007 and 2008 vintages I can only assume. Or thereabouts.

Cherry and eucalyptus pop out of the glass, as well as dark and bright raspberry, and plum. They also flow across the palate. A hint of cedar and cocoa. Nice spice and black pepper give way to a vanilla/toast moment, followed by lingering fruit. 

I bought this wine a decade ago. That's a lot of time sitting in my cellar. This was a fabulous wine that stood the test of time. A lovely decade.

Great stuff Jim and Deanna! Congrats!