Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ravines Wine Cellars Meritage 2007

One full week of gorgeous weather in now over.  I got out of work tonight and walked into the chilly and rainy night. At least the thought of opening a nice local Finger Lakes wine at home helped keep the blood pressure under control.  The thought of winter snow storms and lake effect blizzards has always been a bit stressful and I can't help imagine that when the chills of autumn are felt.
Once home, I opened a Ravines Wine Cellars Meritage 2007($24).  A Bordeaux style blend of
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, & 10% Merlot.This was one of my few remaining wines I brought home for my visit to Keuka Lake in August.  Not real hungry, but I did break off a few bites of Parmigiano Reggiano and a little Balsamic Vinegar for dipping. I am not a big fan of that cheese, but there are times it just feels right for a nighttime snack and tonight was one of those times.
I don't know if it was the dark ruby like color or my thirst for wine tonight that made this wine look so good in the glass, but it did.  Very nice soft aromas of black cherry and plum with hints of leather and a little vanilla.  Felt very smooth in the mouth with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, tobacco and some cinnamon.  The finish was soft and long with berry like flavors and dry.
I had a couple of glasses before bed and saved some for tomorrow.   Glad I saved this one for Regional Wine Week.  During the past two years I had the opportunity to sample many Finger Lakes Meritage and it has become one of my favorite Finger Lakes red wines.  There have been only a few that I thought were real outstanding and the Ravines 2007 is one them.


Lauren Fino said...

A winery I am still dying to get to; been curious about their wines and delighted to hear your experience with the meritage. Thanks for sharing.

joeshico said...

Thank you Lauren for the comment. There are many wineries on the Finger Lakes Wine Trails that should be a 'must visit' and Ravines is among the top of the list. Some very delightful white wines and their reds are among the best in NY.

Anonymous said...

Saw your blog and have to agree. My wife and i just came back from a wine trailbweek up at the Finger Lakes.

Ravines was one our favorite wineries.