2016 Cavern Select Meritage
The 2016 Meritage has notes of sandalwood, savory herbs, and cassis on the nose. Flavors of currants, cedar, and spice fill out this full-bodied wine. Balanced, with plush fine-grained tannins and a long finish.
The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Monahan Vineyard, Merlot and Petit Verdot come from the Creston District, and the Malbec comes from our Terrace Vineyard.
100% new French Oak
At Robert Hall we love a Bordeaux blend. This vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon we especially expressive and it was select as the primary varietal of the blend. This wine come from a collection of our favorite vineyards in Paso Robles. Aged for almost 30 months in 75% new French oak, this wine is ready to drink now and enjoy over the next 10 years.
The 2016 vintage began with below average rainfall as the Paso Robles area continues to be effected by drought. The dry start was followed by above average warm temperatures that lasted through June, at which point temperatures became more moderate. The early warm weather accelerated fruit development and allowed for an improved fruit set compared to the 2015 vintage. While harvest came early to many in Paso Robles, the mild temperatures extended our growing season improving overall grape quality. Temperatures remained seasonal until above average rainfall in late October concluded our harvest. Overall, we experienced a busy harvest season with prime conditions for ripening. The 2016 vintage has excellent depth of color and wonderful flavor maturity.