Full Review

Bordeleau

Bordeleau
NV Meritage, Maryland

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22

Bordeleau
NV Meritage, Maryland

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.1%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Non-Oaky, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: stewed berries, tomatoes on the vine, cranberry jam on pumpernickel, and borscht
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of almond skin, vanilla meringue, and dusty earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Elk Chops, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive and balanced combination of fruity, earthy, and savory tones with a nice sense of place.

The Producer

Bordeleau Winery

The Producer
3155 Noble Farm Rd
Eden, MD 21822
USA
1 410-677-3334

Red Meritage

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
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.