2012 Vintners Select

The weather in 2012 was perfect for producing Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Our Vintners Select represents a selection of our very best barrels of wine that have gone through 22 months of aging.  This wine is good but young right now or store for 7+ years in a cool cellar, and you will be further rewarded.

Vinification

The three different varietals were harvested on October 30th on a clear, sunny, cool morning.  They were each destemmed and crushed into a stainless steel red fermenter for inoculation and primary fermentation.  When fermentation was nearly complete, they were pressed and moved to French oak barrels with untoasted French oak heads.  In the barrels they completed primary fermentation and went through malolactic fermentation.  We barrel sampled the different varietals throughout the winter and into early summer before deciding to blend them into a single wine.

Aroma

Plum, dark cherry with a touch of spice and vanilla

Flavor

Dry, mouth filling wine with a smooth texture, depth of fruit flavors, subtle tannins and a long integrated finish from the additional aging time in barrels 

Visual

Medium-Dark, ruby color

Food Pairings

Heavier or meaty dishes such as steak, or our personal favorite, a nice venison tenderloin with a Reserve Red reduction sauce!

Release Date

September 2014

Cases Produced

250

Price

Retail $45 per bottle

Past Vintages

2011 Vintners Select

Verterra Winery  •  103 E. River Street  •   Leland, MI 49654  •  231.256.2115