Sunday, July 12, 2009
Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Damiani Wine Cellars Meritage 2007
It seems every winery in the Finger Lakes has a Meritage. Most are nice bordeaux style blends that are very popular and very tasty and very distinct to each winery. Years ago I struggled to find one to like, now I am finding it difficult to taste one I don't like. And then, there comes along one that is over and above any I have tasted before. Such is the case of the 2007 Damiani Wine Cellars Meritage. I was given the '07 on a recent visit to the Damiani tasting room. Recently bottled, it will be released around Sept/Oct.
The aroma was so pleasing, I put my glass aside and just gave a little sniff about every minute for about 15 minutes. At first, a delightful black cherry, then a hint of smoke or tobacco and then another hint of licorice and vanilla. I was updating My Pro Cycling blog and enjoying just sniffing my wine glass.
When I finally decided to taste, I was presented with a mouthful of cherry and mixed berry type flavors and an oh so pleasant, but little peppery finish. I finished the one glass and saved the rest for the following evening (tonight) when I planned on my weekly Why Wine Blog update. This wine was so good after opening, the second night was not much of a change. I did get some leather and dried apricots on the nose and a bit smoother finish.
This Thanksgiving I'll be supplying the wine. Looking forward to a nice roast turkey and a Damiani '07 Meritage.
I am not big into buying one wine by the case or storing any wine, but I think I will make an exception for this one.
When released, the '07 Meritage will probably sell between $20 an $25, and if that's the case then
Take it from an amateur wine lover: Great Buy!