Deerfield Ranch Winery 2003 Trio Meritage, Napa Valley


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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

  • Cris: Lots of pepper. I taste the Cab Franc influence in this blend.
  • RLA: I got lots of berries aroma from the wine but the taste is all currant and figs. Loved the long finish and the silky texture in the mouth.
  • PS: Very earthy on the nose but its all berries across the mouth. Nice long finish with only a bit of oak.
  • SP: Wonderful intensity of dark fruit especially blackberry. Medium body with herbaceous flavors of olive along with pepper and soy. I'd like to jump into a vat of this - it's so good!
  • BP: Smoooth! Love this wine. I get butterscotch along with dark fruit and pepper.
  • MA: This wine will stand up to any old world Bordeaux. I really like how you could taste the influences of the Cab Franc and Cab in this blend. I got Plumb influence from the Cab Franc and the dark berries from the Cab. Nice wild berry flavor and a good long finish that never loses it's balance.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 42% Cabernet, 28% Cab. Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec and Merlot 8%
Appelation 100% Trio Vineyard, Yountville AVA, Napa Valley.
Harvest Dates All five varietals were harvested on October 20, 2003 and fermented together, a rare opportunity.
Sugar at Harvest 24.8 to 25.9 degrees Brix
Fermentation Started on native yeast then inoculated with Pasteur Red (traditional Bordeaux yeast). Fermentation took 15 days with 7 days additional maceration.
Aging / Cooperage 30 Months in artisan coopered 3 year air dried barrels, 80% French 20% American.
Alcohol 14.7% by volume
Acidity PH = 3.75, TA = 0.60

Vintage Description

Trio Vineyards’ rich dark soils and warmer mid-valley climate are perfect for the Bordeaux-style blends planted in this Cabernet region near Yountville. Part of the Nord family portfolio for decades, the immaculate vineyards clearly show the vineyard workers’ great pride in having nurtured these vines for so many years. This vineyard has a moderate climate with marine influence but warm, sunny afternoons. It has dark clay loam topsoils atop alluvial gravels, keeping the soil well-drained.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

We add our 3 decades of winemaking talent, education, experimentation and learning from our peers to produce this wine. Our friends say it's a Napa Cab wine made by a Sonoma winemaker. This means the wine is more elegant, more reserved, compared to the more tannin, more aggressive Napa made counterparts. It’s very much a mouthful, with big forward flavors that hit every corner, every place you experience wine. It’s the Meritage experience at its penultimate.

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