Arete’ Merlot-Cabernet Blend
Composition: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Harvest Date: September 24th-Oct 30th
Sauvignon pH: 3.69
Vineyard Source: Mt. Juliet Vineyard and Acidity: 4.92 grams/Liter
Crown Orchard Vineyard in Charlottesville,
Quaker Run Vineyard in Madison Sweetness: Dry
Fermentation: All lots fermented separately
and averaged 14 days in contact with
skins at 88o F.
Aging: Individual lots fermented separately
and averaged 14 months in a mix of French and
American oak barrels
Comments: Our Arete’ Merlot-Cabernet Blend is a master blend of the two great Bordeaux varieties. Merlot for color and a fruit-forward focus and Cabernet Sauvignon for structure, balance and tannins. The French knew long ago that these two varieties completed each other and they have been married for centuries. A big wine with deep, rich tones. Dark fruit such as black current and cherry prevail. The finish is long with notes of smoke and vanilla. Pairs nicely with roasted meats, braised root vegetables and grilling.