In Bordeaux, France, wines can be broken down into two regions: right bank and left bank of the Gironde estuary. The right bank growing area is predominantly planted with Merlot grapes while the left bank is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. What does this have to do with Ponte? It’s these regions and the wines they produce that serve as the inspiration of our 2010 Meritage, a wine of “merit” and “heritage,” and our Angry Wife Red.
Five varietals, in fact, are blended together and barrel-aged for 20 months to make these two wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Petite Syrah.
Furthermore, it’s our Meritage that is most inspired by the right bank of the Gironde; like the wines one might find there, Meritage is a medium to full bodied red wine with red and black plum, red raspberry, caramel, vanilla and coffee aromas and flavors, with a spicy black pepper finish. Our Angry Wife Red, however, tends to have more in common with those wines from the left bank; our current vintage is full-bodied with black currant, black raspberry, cassis, baking spice, sage and mint aromas and flavors.
Ok, so sipping them is not exactly a trip to Bordeaux, but I think that you’ll enjoy them both. Wine Club Members can get Angry Wife Red now by visiting the Tasting Room or ordering here. Look for 2010 Meritage in August.