2017 Fivewise Meritage
The growing season is ideal across the Central Coast with mild temperatures throughout the spring and not overly hot summers. Typical summer fog, strong winds and the maritime cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean allow the grapes to hang until the peak of flavor development.
The grapes are picked in the early morning hours, destemmed, crushed, and fermented in small lots in open top fermenters. To retain authentic character, each variety is fermented separately. During the blending process just prior to bottling, the proportion of each variety is chosen to accentuate the richness of flavor and maximize depth, complexity, mouthfeel and finish.
The Fivewise Meritage is an expressive wine finessed with intensity, the nose is rich with blackberries, raspberry, cigar box and vanilla bean. The palate reveals juicy dark plum, blueberries, mocha and black cherry.