A must-try for fans of classic California reds, this single-vineyard exclusive is full of juicy, dark fruit and toasty notes (courtesy of American oak aging). It hails from the 2012 vintage, which is getting a lot of buzz at the moment: "Californian vintners are hailing the 2014 harvest as one of the best ever seen" … calling it "the third great vintage of the decade" (The Drinks Business). You'll have delicious proof with this classy red, which won gold at the difficult San Francisco Chronicle Wine Challenge.
Lockwood is a top name in fashionable Monterey County, and we were so taken with their wines, we convinced them to create an exclusive "Prestige Collection" just for our customers. This classic Meritage (a blend based on the traditional red grapes of Bordeaux) showcases Cabernet, Merlot and more. It's made with premium fruit grown in the awe-inspiring San Lucas Vineyard, a sweeping 1,850 acre site that constitutes its own AVA (American Viticultural Area). Lockwood makes the most of this coastal region's sunny days and cool nights – crafting pure-fruited wines balanced by a food-friendly freshness.
Here, you'll enjoy black cherry, cranberry and spicy plum, plus subtle notes of espresso and chocolate (thanks to fine oak aging). It will be delicious with grilled meats – try your favorite cut of steak, a roast leg of lamb with herbs or a classic hamburger with all the fixings. It's worth decanting if you can: the exposure to air will really let all the aromas and flavors shine.
Don't miss this exciting new release from the exceptional 2012 vintage – it's made in small batches, and tastes all the better for it.