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NV ÆROS® Napa Valley Meritage “Founder’s Tribute”

by David on September 13, 2011

This vintage proudly marks our 4th ÆROS® Meritage release in our 26-year history – a remarkably opulent, complex blend from two vintage years. Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch, carefully selected the finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc exclusively from our Yountville Estate to create a wine of extraordinary character, intensity and majestic proportion.

We took the best components of vintages 2007 and 2008 and combined them into a single whole that proved to be better than the sum of its parts; resulting in this one-of-a-kind, extremely limited production wine. The best Bordeaux clones, three of Cabernet Sauvignon and two each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot were married with Petit Verdot through repeated tasting trials over a period of months, maximizing complexity and bringing these classic varietals into perfect balance.

This ÆROS® is our ultimate Meritage in tribute to Reynolds Gorsuch (1925-2009). As Founder of Goosecross Cellars, Rey served as a mentor to Geoff and David and was often sought out for his advice and visionary thinking. He created the preliminary concept for the ÆROS winged label and was a guiding force in Goosecross’ wine education programs. He delighted people with his viticulture tours, his stories of the native Wappo Indian history, obsidian artifacts from the Estate vineyard, and his dedication to growing and producing the best quality wines possible in Napa Valley.

Food Suggestions

Our resident chef, Colleen Topper, has selected a very special recipe to pair with this elegant wine. Try Beef Tenderloin with Coriander, Mustard & Garlic Crust from her large recipe collection.


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