(MM#008) The Adventure Thus Far: We Three Kings (Meritaaage…)

WineGarageHighlights-127Having learned in our previous vintages how hard it is to find quality grapes in small quantities (i.e. less than a ton) we figured we should start shopping around for our 2009 vintage much earlier. Thankfully we found another grower named Terry, un-related to Terry with the Foch (see MM#004), with some nice grapes on the Naramata bench. Terry happened to have two of the red varieties that (we think) consistently make some of the best reds in the Okanagan, Merlot and Cab Franc.

As Thanksgiving 2009 approached, Terry kept us up to date with the ripening progression in the vineyard. It had been a great growing season and the numbers were lining up perfectly with our planned Thanksgiving excursions to the Okanagan……………………..

………..Ok, we’re totally struggling trying to write a sexy post about this vintage, because honestly it just went totally textbook. No drama. We’re halfway through a bottle right now and it’s awesome! Ok, back to writing…………………

After our family Thanksgiving festivities, we met up at Terry’s Naramata vineyard to retrieve our pristine grapes. Terry was kind enough to crush and de-stem the grapes for us… and talked us into buying another 20 lbs of his Cab Sauv to add to the blend. We now had all three noble varieties to make a Bordeaux blend (aka Meritage): 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 5% Cab Sauv.

In the “safety” of Mike N.’s 1989 Dodge B350 propane, ghetto work van, we whisked the grapes home to the wine garage.

Back in the garage, we chose to co-ferment the three varieties together instead of fermenting separately and blending later. We also chose a yeast that is a blend of yeast strains isolated from the Bordeaux region………………………

…………….. Seriously, we really want this post to be epic, but this vintage we played it safe, had perfectly ripe grapes and it did what it was supposed to…………………….

- textbook 2-week fermentation
- lots of free run
- perfect rackings

One year later, 7 cases… bottled! Now, what should we name it? Playing off of our previous Unorthodox Blend under our John 2:10 label, we settled on “We Three Kings” which references the three noble Bordeaux varieties in this wine…………………..

…………. Phew! Empty bottle, post completed. How about some tasting notes?

- March 2013 and it seems to be peaking
- black currant and smokey bacon, hints of chocolate on the nose
- fresh acidity, sour cherries with a medium body (not over-extracted), almost Chianti in character
- light, silky, dusty tannins



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