Lot #43 MERRIAM VINEYARDS
THE WINDACRE PASSION PROJECT
- Russian River Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
The Windacre story is about the pursuit of passion and adventure. Patriarch Peter Merriam realized his aspirations of owning a vineyard and making wine while matriarch Diana Merriam pursed her dream and created a home in Maine called “Windacre by the Sea” to raise her family. Windacre is the result of both East Coast and West Coast ambitions. “The Windacre Passion Project” barrel auction lot celebrates the family’s pursuits with a 100% varietal representation of their Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Russian River Valley.
Merriam Vineyards is certified organic and is also certified as sustainably farmed. Located in the eastern hills of the Russian River Valley, Merriam is in a unique micro climate that is warmer with less fog than other areas, which allows Bordeaux varietals to grow. Windacre Vineyard contains four unique blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, characterized by differences in clone and rootstock, planted in a variety of different soils across 10 acres of gradually sloping terrain.
Winemaker William Weese has a minimalist approach to winemaking. He makes small lot fermentations, allowing each block to show its characteristics in order to really capture a sense of place and time in this one limited master blend. Bidders can expect a very bright, fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from “The Windacre Passion Project” barrel lot. It’s ripe fruit, like picking dark berries off the vine, balanced with earthiness.
WINEMAKER(S): William Weese
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: October 2024
National Distribution: CA, GA, ME, MA, NH, PA, TX, VTA winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.