Meritage Alliance
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Winemaking


Blending for Excellence
Blending is the personal expression of the winemaker's vision, a combination of skill and intuition that unites the elements of the winemaking process to create a work of art. It is the magic that gifted winemakers use to create wines of intrigue and enchantment.

Blending allows the components of each varietal wine lot to merge, binding together to form a new expression. Each varietal lot is kept separate during the vinification and aging process, and evaluated over time to determine whether a particular facet the winemaker desires has developed. The final blend is determined shortly before bottling as the timing of the assemblage depends on the grape varieties selected. An ample amount of time is allowed for the wine to marry in the bottle prior to release from the winery, usually two to three years. This 'blending' of winemaking expertise and creative intuition produces a luxury cuvée of opulence and refinement.

Winemakers determine the signature of a blend by determining which grape variety will dominate. The character or personality of the finished wine is then refined through a judicial addition of complementary wines. That is why some blends may contain higher percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and others Merlot, than smaller percentages of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Insight and a thorough familiarity of where grapes are sourced and their growing conditions, is key to blending excellence.