This week was a bit of a departure from Wine Shop Wander Wednesday. I have been under the weather with a throat infection and due to the antibiotics, my taste buds are off. So I did not visit a wine shop, but this is from a few weeks ago.
This is Jason’s Vineyard 2000 Meritage. Jason’s Vineyard is located in Jamesport, NY on Route 25. You have probably passed the sign on Route 25, but never saw the tasting room open. If you have tasted this wine it was most likely at either Pindar or Duck Walk vineyards. Jason Damianos is part of the Pindar Family. But this is Jason’s Vineyard wine, and Jason’s Vineyard is now open for tastings in his own tasting room. I am happy to report that the tasting room opened about 6 weeks ago, and according to Deb Powers, Jason’s Vineyard tasting room manager, things are “doing well!”
This Meritage is a classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is aged in French oak barrels. It can be purchased in the tasting room for $18.95. This is a Double Gold Medal winner in the 2009 NYS Fair.
In the glass there was big aroma of black cherry with a slightest hint of toffee, which was very nice.
On the palate there was a little blackberry and some plum with a little taste of raisin. I was also picking up some coca and had some nice earthy tones. The tannins were perfectly blended with the nice fruit tones.
This was a medium bodied wine that had a hot and spicy mouth feel, which I am a big fan of and the acid level was just right.
This is a nice food wine and had it with grilled skirt steak and an Iceberg wedge with blue cheese. The paring was perfect.
After dinner, the wine lost some of the fruit aromas. I was getting some tobacco and smoke flavors, which was very nice in my opinion.
This is a wine that I would suggest you drink now, you could hold onto it for a while, but I would recommend you drink this soon. This is a nice price for a good wine. I enjoyed this wine and would bring this to a friend’s house for a dinner party. It will get some attention.
If you are heading out east to taste some wine, make it a point to stop in and visit one of Long Island’s newest tasting rooms, from what I see and hear it is one of the largest and the tasting bar is quite a site. It will look very similar to the Argo that is on the label. I know that Jason’s Vineyard will be on my list the next time I am out tasting.