Before you open a bottle of Middle Ridge wine, read the back label. There is always an interesting story in the from of a conversation to introduce you to the wine that you are about to enjoy. This weeks pick is the 2006 Middle Ridge Meritage a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is mostly Merlot which accounts for the mellowness and easy drinkability. It has a alluring nose and ample fruit with a very pleasant finish.
I enjoyed tasting this wine the first time at The Wine Collective in Temecula on their balcony reserved for wine club members and VIP guest. Chris and Mel Johnston owners of Middle Ridge Winery in Idlywild took a small group of Taste Of Temecula staff, (Crispin, Juanita and myself) and our good friend Tom Plant from Wineormous through all of their wines. They were all quite notable.
As we dove into the reds I immediately set back into the sofa and watched as Chris poured the Meritage which though I was last to be served I picked up the nose from across the table. We toasted to a perfect sunny day in Temecula, great wine and to new friends. Chris and Mel remind me of the couple you go to visit for a weekend and have such a great and memorable time that you have to force your self to go home. I think that they have somehow infused that feeling into their wine as well, as it is very difficult to have just one glass.
Thankfully as good as this wine is it also comes at a price you can afford to buy more than just one bottle. Middle Ridge is available exclusively at The Wine Collective in Old Town Temecula. For the week of April 2nd through April 9th
mention Taste Of Temecula and receive Wine club pricing not just on the Meritage but all of the Middle Ridge Wines. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrahs and Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you find yourself as I, an instant fan of Middle Ridge Winery make sure you keep your ears open for their Winemakers dinner coming in May to the Creek House in Idlywild and other events that are in the works.
The Wine Collective is located at 8544 Front Street, Suite 101 and 201
Temecula, Ca 92590