Blenheim Vineyard 2002 Virginia Meritage ($19.99)
This is a dark, blackish-purple wine, garnet at the edge. Fresh, rather delicate fruit aromas, cherries and a pleasant hint of cranberry. Flavors follow the nose, a bit more fruit-forward; cherries and berries and subtle spice are nicely shaped by mouth-waterlng acidity. Wine maker Brad McCarthy has blended 40 percent Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Redlands Vineyard and 22% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot from the Blenheim Vineyard. The wine comes in at a sturdy but not outrageous 13.2% alcohol. US Importer: (Jun 2, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Should be fine with just about any red meat or poultry. It made a pleasant match with a light summer dinner of thin-sliced bresaola (Italian air-dried beef) wrapped around a blend of ricotta and mild goat cheese with chopped roast red peppers.



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