Foyt Family Wines
2009 No.72 Meritage
California: Sonoma County
Driven to Perfection
From exciting start to a well-deserved victory lap, this wine takes the checkered flag.
Racing metaphors aside, we really do love today’s Foyt Family Wines 2009 No. 72 Meritage. This food-friendly wine, blended from the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon (82%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Merlot (6%), is a true delight in the glass. Our entire tasting panel really took its time with this wine, finding ever more flavors and deepening aromas.
We love red blends, especially when they achieve such lovely balance. For all of its bold fruit, there is real elegance here, as well. In fact, the wine is elegant enough to pair with a rosemary pot roast, surrounded by beets and onion. A grilled New York steak with button mushrooms would also be excellent.
Deep ruby hues with a nearly opaque core. Color remains concentrated from core to edge. Tall, wine-stained tears from high on the glass wall. After they hang at the top for a few moments, they begin a slow downward march.
Black licorice, chocolate and dark caramel liquor, toasted cedar and butterscotch meld with lush fruits of dark cherry, black currant, blackberry and black raspberry.
Racy and lively with integrated tannins, driving bright fruit of blackberry, black raspberry, toasty caramel, dried (unsweetened) cranberry and tart cherry.
This wine races to the finish - and takes a victory lap. Bright fruit and soft spice really linger.