The grapes for our 2014 Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where sunlight and diverse soil structures result in wine with complexity and balanced acidity. The 2014 growing season in California was ideal, the dry, warm spring and summer weather brought an earlier harvest. Across the state, harvest yielded grapes with ripe fruit flavors and vibrant aromas.
The grapes for Meritage are hand-harvested and sorted then gravity fed to tank where it undergoes a cold maceration for 4-5 days. The grapes are then fermented entirely in stainless tanks at no more than 81° F. After alcoholic fermentation, an extended post maceration allows for additional body and structure. Afterwards, malolactic fermentation in barrel softens the wine by removing malic acid. The resulting wines are aged in French oak barrels for 9 months before blending and bottling.
The 2006 vintage Cabernet Reserve has stunning grace and elegance. A long and cool growing season, punctuated with a heat spike in the late summer, allowed the fruit to hang well into October to deliver a wine with an unparalleled balance of ripe fruit and acid worthy of cellaring for the ages. Delicious, pure, and rich with cassis, plum and blackberry mixed with violets, mineral, and tobacco enveloped by ultra-refined tannins of tremendous length and power.