Sunday, February 7, 2016

2011 Super Sonoman Meritage Knights Valley on TV Tuesday Live Cellars Of Sonoma

*Sample Received*

A cool evening with Scott Jordan host of  TV Tuesday Live from Cellars of Sonoma with special guest Chris Taddei winemaker at Super Sonoman. Really enjoy these "taste with the winemaker" shows where we sip, ask questions and learn about both the wine and the winemaker. Along with me were a few fellow tasters Dezel, Cliff, Melanie, Michelle and Shawn from across the country. The wines Scott provides are wines we have never tasted and are included in the Cellars Of Sonoma Wine Club shipment.

Chris has a passion for fine winemaking and I found it interesting how he enjoys working with "mountain" fruit. The contrast in climate from valley to hillside was eye opening and made you think how different the regions fruits are to work with from temperature to moisture. Smart winemaker here folks. The total case production for all his varietals combined is 1000 cases. Ultra boutique hand crafted juice.

The 2011 Meritage is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Carmenere and Cabernet Franc with a nose that is truly outstanding. The grapes come from the northwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where the Bordeaux clones were planted for the Super Sonoman wine program. Blackberry with hints of plum and blueberry followed by vanilla, dried herbs and spice. What a bouquet of aromatics circling the nose.

The mouth is luscious, juicy and well balanced. Blackberry, cherry, raspberry, plum and blueberry fruit with hints of dried mint, thyme, vanilla and a spicy kick on the long juicy finish. So silky smooth with soft tannins. I would expect this young wine to be big but oh how it fooled me. Can you imaging Scott how good this will be in 10 years? A really nice red blend from Chris.

Keep tuning in for more sips with the winemakers each Tuesday 6pm on TV Tuesday Live hosted by Scott Jordan "Where you discover wine one sip at a time".


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