Technical Specs for:

2019 Matriarch Meritage

50% Cabernet Franc
35% Petit Verdot
15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Middleburg Virginia AVA

Iron Will (Waterford Estate) (CF, PV)
Sycamore Springs (CS)

Harvest Dates:
September 22, 2019 (CF, CS)
September 29, 2019 (PV)

Fermentation and Aging:
Barrel Fermented
50% new French Oak (medium toast)
50% 4 year-old French Oak
For 14 Months
Blended at Bottling

More Technical Stuff:
Alcohol 13.3%
pH (CF) 3.77
Brix (CF) 22.4
pH (CS) 3.60
Brix (CS) 24
pH (PV) 3.40
Brix (PV) 23.3
Residual sugar 0.0
Cases Produced 120

Front and Back Label

Background on the Wine:
A wine that can be enjoyed now, but is still growing in the bottle, this is the latest wave in our Meritage lineup. Comprised of all-Loudoun fruit including our own grapes and grapes from neighboring vineyards, it’s a further polish of our popular annual red blend. Tasting notes of cherry, green pepper, strawberry, and wet herbs. Aged 14 months in new and old French Oak.

More details on the process:
We had dabbled in the Meritage blends that incorporated both East and West (California) fruit but as our desires became more focused we knew we wanted to have a red blend comprised of all Loudoun fruit. A month before bottling we experimented with different percentages and settled on this smooth but still bold three-grape combo.

Background on the name:
Dedicated to “Nanny”, a very special woman whose legacy lives on in generations of kids, grandkids, and great grandkids alike. Nanny was truly a Matriarch of our owners’ family and her love of gardening will watch over the vines for many years to come.

Background on the Woman:
Catherine Elizabeth Mediate Divens’ life was a love story. Born May 17, 1932 in Wall, Pennsylvania she was the youngest of five children and she enjoyed fantastic pasta and a small and passionate immigrant community. She married her beloved Navy submariner Art, in a marriage that would last more than sixty years. The pair traveled the world with their two children and those two children turned into many more grandchildren. Catherine’s commitment to her children and grandchildren allowed them to pursue their dreams. From epidemiology to engineering; winemaking to cupcake baking; tugboat driving to education; and nursing to academia, the love she planted grew a thriving family tree. Eight grandchildren and far more great grandchildren all come back to Nanny, the matriarch. Every now and then, she would shake her head and with a broad smile, say “All you kids. How’d I get to be so lucky?”