Our 2002 Bradford Meritage is layered with aromas of blackberry and currant with Rutherford Dust overtones and earthy characteristics. The well balanced tannins are full from the first taste, through the finish in the palate and mid-way the body explodes with hints of fresh boysenberry! Each lot was aged in French Oak for an average of 23 months then blended to make our 2002 Bradford Meritage bolder in the mouth but complimentary to food as well.
A prodigious example of our Bradford Meritage, our 2008 Estate Bradford Meritage is an expansive, complex wine blended from all four varietals grown on our Rutherford vineyard. The nose is intricate, with dominant black fruit aromas with hints of smoke, spice and tobacco. It has a full bodied mouth feel, with distinct flavors of currant, black cherry, and blackberry on the palate. A powerful, concentrated finish with white pepper and spice notes present. A lush, flavorful wine.
A refined and elegant wine, our 2009 Bradford Meritage is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Dark chocolate, mocha, and subtle black and red fruit aromas are present on the nose. Additional flavors on the palate include blackberry, blueberry, currant, and hints of anise. The finish is distinguished, with chocolate, spice and cassis flavors present through the finish. A gentle giant of a wine.
Our 2010 Rutherford Bradford Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. A wine distinctive from both our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it shows aromas of black licorice and blackberry on the nose, with additional cherry, mocha, and coco flavors present on the palate. Twenty-four months of barrel aging in French oak have helped produce a flavorful, full-bodied wine with balanced tannins for a long, lingering finish. Our Bradford Meritage drinks beautifully now, and should continue to age well for an additional seven to nine years.
The 2011 growing season had it challenges; Early bud break-cool summer and early rains in late September and early October!!
As we decide when to pick the grapes by taste not chemistry it took a little longer to develop in the vineyard. We in fact picked 25 days after all our neighbors had picked! We are pleased with the results as the wine is very nice. This year's blend is 64% Cab, 32% Merlot and 4% Petite Verdot.