It was a special occasion -- the celebration of a milestone birthday for our tasting team member Spiderman. Following a delicious meal at Real Seafood, we adjourned to our friends' home to enjoy a bottle of "treasure" wine secured during a recent visit to the Finger Lakes.
That bottle was the Thirsty Owl 2007 Meritage. (If you're not familar with Meritage, you can check out our previous post, Meritage: America's Tasty Blend.) Thirsty Owl is a great winery with an oustanding tasting room and patio looking out on Cayuga Lake. We've visited there twice and each time has been a blast. Read about our visit and learn the story behind the Thirsty Owl name.
The Meritage has a beautiful deep purple color. We decanted this baby and it unleashed a nice aromatic blast as it swirled in the decanter. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. There's a velvety mouthfeel with some nice supporting tannins. Blackberries and a slight hint of pepper.
Thirsty Owl Wine Company is a must-see destination on your next Finger Lakes trip. We suggest that you swoop in and snatch a bottle of this fine Finger Lakes Meritage at the very feathery price of only $23.