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King Family Vineyards

Meritage 2009

Meritage 2009

Plum, violet, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of mocha on the nose. The mouth is round with a soft and silky texture that opens with cherry and sandalwood. There is good tannic structure on the finish with hints of pepper and licorice.

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SKU: Meritage 2009
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
52% Merlot 20% Petit Verdot 20% Cabernet Franc 8% Malbec
Appellation
Monticello American Viticultural Area
Vineyard Designation
King Family Vineyards, Albermarle County
Acid
5.16
pH
3.67
Bottling Date
March 9, 2011
Residual Sugar
0.2%
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Plum, violet, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of mocha on the nose. The mouth is round with a soft and silky texture that opens with cherry and sandalwood. There is good tannic structure on the finish with hints of pepper and licorice.
Awards
Silver Medal, 2012 Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal, 2011 Monticello Cup
Vineyard Notes
2009 was a good year. There were very few days over 90 degrees in August, and the nights were cool. Ripening happened quickly and acids were high. Some irrigation was used. A portion of the grapes in this wine were harvested from Turk Mountain Vineyards, Albemarle County.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested, hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing (whole berry). Fermentation vessels were a combination of open-top stainless steel tanks and fermentation bins. The lots were kept separate. Punch-downs and gentle pumpovers were done during fermentation to extract color, tannins, and structure. Different yeast strains were used for each batch to start alcoholic fermentation, in order to increase the wine’s complexity. Many lots underwent an extended maceration (up to 2 months) to increase mid-palate body. After maceration, the lots were transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The final blend was determined through exhaustive tastings, trial blends, and individual barrel selection prior to the first racking in June 2010. After eighteen months in barrel, the wine was fined with egg whites just before bottling. No filtering was done in order to maintain the complexity and life of the wine and increase the aging potential.
Production
Cases Bottled: 992