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King Family Vineyards

Meritage 2010

Meritage 2010

The 2010 vintage was near perfect. There was early bud break and dry conditions that led to quick ripening and a harvest that was complete by September 15th.

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SKU: Meritage 2010
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
43% Merlot 27% Petit Verdot 22% Cabernet Franc 8% Malbec
Appellation
Monticello American Viticultural Area
Vineyard Designation
King Family Vineyards, Albemarle County
Acid
5.03g/L
pH
3.83
Bottling Date
March 9, 2011
Residual Sugar
.16%
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Awards
Gold Medal, Virginia' Governor's Cup Competition
Production 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 2011. After eighteen months in barrel, the wine was fined with egg whites just before bottling.
Production
992 Cases