Fatemah said 250 cases with bonus points for a producer under 1000 cases per year.
I drink a lot of wines from small, local producers (but then, you already know that). But I wanted to fine the smallest production wine I could.
I think I’ve accomplished just that.
The numbers on Waters Crest Winery 2001 Meritage?
50 cases were made. 186 cases total winery production that year.
That’s right…I think I showed Fatemah who’s boss *wink*
So, I had the wine and the dual WBW to drink it for. But what to eat along side? I didn’t take pictures (I was too busy cooking and wouldn’t let Nena lift a finger on her birthday), but the menu looked something like this:
- Organic green leaf lettuce with toasted walnuts, organic baby heirloom tomatoes and fresh goat cheese, with balsamic dressing
- Filet mignon with pancetta and Maytag blue cheese crown and
balsamic reduction over haricot verts and toasted sweet potato gnocchi
with Vermont butter-sage sauce
I also picked up a French apple tart at Whole Foods for dessert. Nena was a happy birthday girl for sure.
But, we’re not here for food now are we? On to the vino:
Eyes: Rich, slightly opaque garnet
Nose: Nicely aromatic. Blueberries, cherries and anise accented by a faint earthiness.
Tongue: Medium-bodied, with dominant cherry flavors. Soft, slightly dusty tannins give it just enough structure. Other flavors include licorice, wet earth and blackberries. Definitely a controlled, refined bottle that shows off some of what makes Long Island North Fork reds so promising.
Price: I have no idea. It was a wedding gift from Jim and Linda Waters, and it sold out long ago. My guess is in the 25-30 dollar range.
Lenn’s Grade: B+
Nena’s Grade: B+