Monday, July 30, 2012

Salmon Run 2006 Meritage, New York

When Wine Chick and Sax Man, members of the tasting team, (sadly) prepared to move from their house next door we decided to pop open a bottle from their favorite winery.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake is a premier Finger Lakes winery. Salmon Run is their value brand and is know for delivering outstanding wine for a great price. .

Our selection was the Salmon Run 2006 Meritage. Meritage is the American version of a Bordeaux blend, featuring primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Salmon Run mainly uses Finger Lakes grapes, but sometimes casts their net wider depending on harvest conditions. For the 2006 vintage some grapes from outside the Finger Lakes, but within New York, were used. This bottle cost $14.

The Salmon Run is light red in color with a smooth texture. The scrumptious flavor is of fruit and dried cranberry a bit on the restrained side. The low alcohol content (12%) adds to the lightness of the wine. The tannins were dialed back.

This wine makes the idea of “swimming with the fishes” a positive thing! Any wine under the Dr. Frank banner is a very good bet to deliver on quality and value.

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Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5
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