Monday, July 26, 2010

2007 Dunning Meritage

Seriously, folks, what else can I say about this winery? Everything Bob Dunning touches to gold. Why aren't you on his mailing list? Over the past 18 months or so, I've had pretty much every offering from this winery. But tonight was my first taste of his Meritage. The 2007 Dunning Vineyards Meritage, Paso Robles has a fantastic color. It literally oozes with sweet, jammy plum and black cherry fruit and new saddle leather. Is there a hint of licorice in there, too? The palate is massive with huge tannins and the acidity becomes more prominent as the wine opens. Pretty assertive with the French oak. Finishes with a dusty, herbal note which I assume comes from the Cabernet Franc. Drink now or hold this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc for 5-10 years. (As big as it is, it's considerably more approachable now than their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is.) Lustily consumed with grilled KC strips liberally seasoned with *gasp* Montreal Steak Seasoning and cold green bean/tomato/mozzarella cheese salad.

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