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

Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Genevieve Lodi
93 points
Black ruby color. Aromas of plum preserves, pickling spices, candied bacon, and vanilla with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long berry cobbler, pickled watermelon, and mint chocolate finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brawny but well-integrated red from Lodi that is sure to compliment fine meals of beef or lamb.
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.
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
92 points
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, leather, dried pomegranate and meat, and brown butter with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of nuts, cedar, and delicate spiced beets and figs with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely, meaty red blend that will shine at the table.
Cape May 2017  Red Meritage
91 points
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, pine, and clay with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish with suggestions of tomato leaf with light oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Meritage blend that with elevate the meal.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
91 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of lime rice candy and taffy, blackberry preserves, dark chocolate mousse, and old leather bound book with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of craisin, hint on braised meat and root vegetables, creamed honey, and copper and slate with chewy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A supple and bright red blend to savor and sip.
Bordeleau NV Meritage Maryland
91 points
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, tomatoes on the vine, cranberry jam on pumpernickel, and borscht with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of almond skin, vanilla meringue, and dusty earth with fine, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive and balanced combination of fruity, earthy, and savory tones with a nice sense of place.
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
Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage California
88 points
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, baker’s chocolate, and hint of beeswax candle with a bright, fruity medium body and a relaxed finish conveying notes of chocolate orange peel and nuts, boysenberry tart, vanilla salt water taffy, and cedar spice cabinet with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A somewhat demure yet juicy red blend that will benefit from moderate cellaring.
88 points $59.95
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.