Yet another fabulous wine from Walla Walla crossed my palate last night. This rich handcrafted blend is 2003 Meritage (Columbia Valley) from Three Rivers Winery. We first tried it in the winery’s beautiful tasting room when we visited Walla Walla in early April. We each tasted it, then looked at each other and smiled in agreement — we simply had to buy some to bring home to Seattle.
The 2003 Meritage is blended from the traditional Bordeaux grape varietals: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% merlot, 4% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.Â The wine is rich with bright fruit flavors including berries and cherries.
We knew we really liked this wine. What we didn’t know at the time –Three Rivers 2003 Meritage has won considerable recognition as a rich, powerful wine that is good to drink now and will age gracefully for the next five years.