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Wine Profile: Elms Meritage

What It Is: A blend of 55% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
Description: Dry, medium bodied Bordeaux-style red
Flavor Profile: Rich aromas of berry and subtle hints of smoke in the finish

Our Elms Meritage is made with plenty of care. First we’ll tell you how to say it…then, how to savor it!

Meritage rhymes with “heritage,” and is actually a combination of the words “merit” and “heritage.” The name alone tells you that this wine is anything but ordinary. Meritage is used exclusively to describe quality, blended, Bordeaux-style wines that are produced right here in the motherland, and not in France.

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Behind the Scenes: Hand-pressed wine

Back in November our winemaker, Richard, pressed a portion of the Cabernet Franc grapes by hand. He used a traditional basket press to do the job, a design that’s been used by winemakers for thousands of years. It’s labor-intensive, but worthwhile. “The method you use to ferment wine depends on the age of the vine,” explains Richard.

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