Full Review

Effingham

Effingham
2014 Meritage, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$25

Effingham
2014 Meritage, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, tree bark and planked oak, turned earth, and hint of oriental seven spice with a lively, dry full body and an engaging, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice Meritage blend with delicate nose.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: blackberries, tree bark and planked oak, turned earth, and hint of oriental seven spice
Taste Flavor: blackberries, tree bark and planked oak, turned earth, and hint of oriental seven spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Aged Cheddar Cheeseburger, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice Meritage blend with delicate nose.

The Producer

Effingham Manor & Winery

The Producer
14325 Trotters Ridge Place
Nokesville, VA 20181
USA
1 703-594-2300

Their Portfolio

Red Meritage

Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.