2018 Fossil



2018 Fossil Red Blend
North Coast—Sonoma County
35% Cabernet Sauvignon
33% Syrah
32% Merlot
14.9% Alcohol By Volume

Longtime readers know Fossil gets its name from its historic blend. In the early 1800's, winemakers in a famous wine region on the other side of the pond (the Atlantic that is), added Syrah to a traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend. They created a blend that fetched some of the highest prices in the region – until the practice was shelved under newly-enacted winemaking laws. We at Meeker are pleased to dust off this historic winemaking "fossil" for your enjoyment!

The 2018 is amply structured and feels at first like a Merlot-centered Meeker "Four Kings". But there is a gentleness and lushness to the edges of the wine that only Syrah can bring. Patient, elegant white cherry and Cab's herbacious streak open to a warm mid-palate that bridges racy elegance with warmth of just a touch of toffee and toasted oak. The finish shows athe grip of our more classic Bordeaux-grape executions but more gentle. This is a bit tight still, but will drink beautifully now through at least National Donut Day on June 5th, 2037.

2018 Fossil