Our Wines: Zachariah 2013 Red Blend
While we wait for our construction to be completed, we are hard at work bottling our wines for their debut. Visit our blog often to read more about the background and details of each of our wines.
Introducing our Zachariah 2013 Red Blend
Our reserve red blend is named as a tribute to my grandfather, father and brother.
It could have rightfully taken the name Meritage had we so desired, as it is blend of three of the five noble grapes of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. As an aside, we highly recommend a visit to the Meritage Alliance website. Given the popularity these blends, especially in Virginia, you will be equipped for your next tasting excursion.
For our Zachariah, we chose three grapes of medium intensity and acidity with moderate tannins. 64% Merlot gives dark fruit aromas, black cherry and soft tannins, 23% Petit Verdot lends structure and a bump in tannins, and 13% Malbec adds color and increased acidity. These components spent 18 months in barrel, half in new French oak. Zachariah, while enjoyable today, has enough structure and tannins to bottle age into a special occasion wine.
The 2013 Zachariah yielded only 100 cases and given the popularity amongst our staff, we hope to have some left for our opening!