I don't often go with Shirley and Pam to the Saturday morning Central New York Regional Farmer's Market, but I made an exception today. I was also out of bed early enough to tag along, which is unusual. While there I let the girls buy up all the fruit and veggies along with some free range meat and eggs they wanted while I hunted around for some wine samples. I did stop at one and tasted their 2007 Meritage. Found it nice enough to take a bottle home and throw it in the wine fridge and wait for a day that I would be willing to open and try. I say that because my luck has never been too good when tasting at a market or street fair and buying what I thought was an OK wine at the time. It seems to be that the wine always is a bit different, no, a lot different than what I remembered. But, I am almost out of a box Zin and I wanted to keep a glass or two for another week to check on it's freshness, so I decided to open up the Meritage tonight along with a grilled tenderloin steak being prepared by Pam.
A Treleaven Meritage 2007 produced and bottled by King Ferry Winery in King Ferry NY was exactly what was needed for the steak.
King Ferry Winery was founded in 1984. Peter Saltonstall is the head winemaker, and Tacie Saltonstall is the business manager. The winery now produces approximately 10,000 cases of wine per year. King Ferry owns 27 acres of vines near the winery, and purchases another 10 acres' worth of fruit from the North Fork of Long Island. The winery and tasting room is located on the East side of Cayuga Lake between Waterloo and Ithaca.
A classic Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Shades of garnet lead to aromas of newly oiled leather, clove, allspice & peppercorns. Solid characteristics with smoky tannins on the palate. 61% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Aroma's were all leather, maybe a little too much leather with some spice and a little cocoa.
Spicy but soft in the mouth with some fruit and berry and a nice dry and long finish.
The real leathery aroma's scared me a little, but the mouth feel and finish were excellent and was a perfect accompaniment for the grilled steak. Priced right at $20, it's not a wine to pass up on. If you're out grilling steaks or chicken give it try. The Treleaven Meritage 2007, very enjoyable.