Full Review

Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate
2013 Meritage, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: .17%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$52
Cellar Selection

Brecon Estate
2013 Meritage, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: .17%
Opaque dark deep purple color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of craisins, cocoa roasted nuts, and pink peppercorn with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long creme brulee, blackberry tart, and cedar finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured red blend with lots of pleasing nuances of flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, fruity & savory
Aroma Aroma: craisins, cocoa roasted nuts, and pink peppercorn
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, blackberry tart, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food or on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Gnocchi Bolognese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well-structured red blend with lots of pleasing nuances of flavor.

The Producer

Brecon Estate Winery

The Producer
7450 Vineyard Dr
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-239-2200

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.