About Red Meritage Red Wine

About Red Meritage Red Wine
Meritage (rhymes with "heritage") is a term coined in California to describe a blended wine made with Bordeaux varieties. While there could be a white Meritage, the term generally refers to a red wine, thus made with any combination of five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Established in the 1980s, the concept of Meritage wines was initially greeted with a good deal of fanfare, but today, that excitement has waned. Most of the 100 plus wineries that make a Meritage-style wine are in California; many do not even use the term on the label, preferring their own fantasy name.

Meritage red wines age similarly to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and are best paired with red meats and game.

Top Picks for Red Meritage

Fazeli Cellars 2014 Meritage Temecula Valley
93 points
Garnet color. Aromas of red cassis, cured meats, aniseed, and fine cider with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long leather, savory spices, and hazelnut finish. Fine balance and alluring aromas made for a stately Meritage blend; enjoy now or cellar.
M Cellars 2016 Meritage Reserve Grand River Valley
89 points
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of coconut layer bar, beets, au jus, and rose tea with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish displaying touches of cranberry relish. A distinctive red from Ohio; a conversation-starting choice for steaks.
Outlander 2017 Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
88 points
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of currants, sweet potato, sage, ripe blackberry, and licorice with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish displaying notes of chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. A sturdy and balanced red Meritage with lots of layers to discover.
88 points $7.49 Best Buy
M Cellars 2017 Meritage Grand River Valley
86 points
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red plum, leather, clove incense, violet candies, and roasted vegetables with a crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish imparting elements of caramelized nuts. A toothsome red with lots of nuance; give this some time.
Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage California
86 points
Garnet color. Aromas of plum, earth, and figs with a racy, fruity medium body and a brisk chocolate, baking spices, and honey-herb muffin finish. An dry and sturdy red with racy acidity; well-suited to the table.
86 points $59.95