Damiani Wine Cellars 2010 Meritage

Posted March 24, 2014 by Lenn Thompson in Regions


Damiani Wine Cellars is the rare Finger Lakes winery that can be counted on for good Bordeaux-variety wines almost regardless of vintage. In warmer, drier years however, the results can move well beyond good. 2010 was one such year.

Damiani Wine Cellars 2010 Meritage ($27) is a nervy, wiry blend of 44% cab sauv, 37% merlot, 19% cab franc that shows aromas of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit along with grilled herbs, a dusty earthiness and just a kiss of new oak.

Chewy but not chunky, the palate is medium-fuller bodied and delivers a bit more raw toasty oak, but the same dense core of dark fruit, earth and leaves. The finish is long and focused with a distinct graphite note at the very end.

Though drinking well now, this should have the stuffing to age 5-10 years before plateauing. And, at $27 it over-delivers.

Producer: Damiani Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
44% cab sauv, 37% merlot, 19% cab franc
ABV: 13.7%
Production: 385 cases
Price: $27*

 (4 out of 5, Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)


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