King Family's Meritage



Paul Armstrong, Virginia Wine Time

Paul and I recently reached two important milestones. First, our wine blog, Virginia Wine Time, is now 10 years old. Our second milestone, though, is even more important. We just celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple. Milestones provide excellent reasons to break out special wines, and we did just that with the 2013 King Family Meritage.

Complex and elegant are the two words that come to mind when describing the 2013 King Family Meritage. Smoky notes are complemented by fruit aromas of dark cherry and plum. I also caught whiffs of violet, licorice and eucalyptus. Rich dark fruit flavors linger on the palate, and it finishes with elements of spice and cedar. This is a young wine, so tannins were still a bit firm but proved to be more supple with decanting. We paired this lovely red blend with filet mignon topped with mushrooms and served beside roasted potatoes sprinkled with thyme and parsley. We made certain to toast our milestones, of course.

So what are the grapes that comprise this special wine? Merlot (49%), Petit Verdot (24%), Cabernet Franc (21%), and Malbec (6%) harmonize to produce the symphony of aromas and flavors that comprise the 2013 King Family Meritage. Be sure to visit King Family Vineyards to taste their lineup of well-crafted wines including the 2013 Meritage, and please mention that Virginia Wine Time, now in its 10th year, sent you!

Warren Richard and Paul Armstrong are two wine enthusiasts who blog at VirginiaWineTime.com. Follow them on Twitter @VaWineTime.

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