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Fourteen Appellations Meritage 2005

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LAST CALL! Tastes: This is the best year they have produced to date. Every lot produced was outstanding, and with restraint, they chose the ones that were the best of the best for the final blend. A beautiful elegance dominates this wine with rich dark fruit, notes of chocolate, star anise, spice box, cedar, and tobacco leaf. This is a deeply concentrated wine showing true hillside character with the correct balance of bright fruit and acidity. Background: The idea behind FOURTEEN is that, while the parts are great, their sum is greater. If you think of Napa Valley as a series of neighborhoods (Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Stags Leap etc.), each one struggling to promote its own identity, then FOURTEEN is the town they all belong to. It is the one wine with the most connections to Napa Valley.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Variety: Meritage Blend
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Thirteen Appellations:
Against this trend of vineyard-designated wines comes THIRTEEN — a wine made not from a single vineyard but from a baker’s dozen, each one more esteemed than the next. What distinguishes these vineyards is that they have been chosen as the best representatives of their respective sub-appellations: Howell Mountain, Rutherford, etc. Napa Valley has 13 of these sub-appellations, or did, when we pi... Read more
Against this trend of vineyard-designated wines comes THIRTEEN — a wine made not from a single vineyard but from a baker’s dozen, each one more esteemed than the next. What distinguishes these vineyards is that they have been chosen as the best representatives of their respective sub-appellations: Howell Mountain, Rutherford, etc. Napa Valley has 13 of these sub-appellations, or did, when we picked the fruit. (More on this in a moment.) The idea behind THIRTEEN was to blend one ton of grapes from each of these 13 vineyards to create a wine that is conspicuously connected to Napa Valley. A wine that is the truest expression of what the Valley has to offer. As far as we know, no one has ever tried to capture Napa in its totality. Our guess is, no one’s even thought of it. It is, after all, a daunting task to collect grapes from every soil type, every microclimate, every terroir. But the question remains: is this invention of ours a good idea? We’ll leave that for you to discover. Read less

Member Reviews for Fourteen Appellations Meritage

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Snooth User: CrimsonTider
60920621
5.00 5
02/07/2011

Inky, dark....huge nose....bold & somewhat fruity on the front....long finish....excellent with chunks of good gorganzola...


Snooth User: Houmac
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5.00 5
02/16/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Fourteen Appellations Meritage

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesI would say this is the best year we have produced to date. Almost every lot produced was outstanding, and with restraint, we chose the ones that were best of the best for our final blend. Every appellation made it into the bottle to be true to our story and the concept, however, the final recipe is under lock and key to protect our growers egos! The vintage was wonderful to make wine from and winemakers could make the call for ripeness; this coupled with a few years of experience under our belt will make Fourteen a huge treat. I find this to be the most deeply concentrated wine we have released showing true hillside character with the correct balance of bright fruit and acidity.



LAST CALL! Tastes: This is the best year they have produced to date. Every lot produced was outstanding, and with restraint, they chose the ones that were the best of the best for the final blend. A beautiful elegance dominates this wine with rich dark fruit, notes of chocolate, star anise, spice box, cedar, and tobacco leaf. This is a deeply concentrated wine showing true hillside character with the correct balance of bright fruit and acidity. Background: The idea behind FOURTEEN is that, while the parts are great, their sum is greater. If you think of Napa Valley as a series of neighborhoods (Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Stags Leap etc.), each one struggling to promote its own identity, then FOURTEEN is the town they all belong to. It is the one wine with the most connections to Napa Valley.

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