Potomac Highland 2008 Meritage
Founded in 1992 by Dr. Charles Whitehill, Potomac Highland Winery is located in the Eastern Panhandle in Keyser, West Virginia. Situated in a unique microclimate, the 3-acre vineyard includes more than 2000 vines planted on sloping hills in shale soils. Potomac Highland produces estate vinifera and hybrid wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chambourcin, Chancellor, Chardonnay, Riesling and Seyval Blanc.
The Potomac Highland 2008 Meritage is a blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Cabernet Franc (17%) and Merlot (15%). The wine retails for $14 and clocks in at 12% alcohol. Red fruit on the nose, with cherry, raspberry and spice. The red fruit theme continues through to the palate with ripe cherry, plum and oak.
West Virginia’s harsh winters and hot summers can wreak havoc on grapevines, but Potomac Highlands Winery is proving European vinifera can and will grow in West Virginia. I’ll raise a glass to that. Cheers!
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