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
Blend: 44% cab sauv, 37% merlot, 19% cab franc
Production: 385 cases
(4 out of 5, Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)