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Falkner

Falkner
2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .03%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$54.95
2017 Top 2 Best Red Meritage

Falkner
2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .03%
Dark garnet black color. Inviting aromas of caramelized mushrooms, leather, diced cherries, and cinnamon and menthol with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cranberry sauce, yogurt covered blueberry, prosciutto, and honey drizzled walnut finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A friendly new world interpretation of Bordeaux with ample fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: caramelized mushrooms, leather, diced cherries, and cinnamon and menthol
Taste Flavor: cranberry sauce, yogurt covered blueberry, prosciutto, and honey drizzled walnut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Steak Au Poivre, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A friendly new world interpretation of Bordeaux with ample fruit.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

The Producer
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-8231

Their Portfolio

91 Falkner 2013 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $38.95.
96 Falkner 2012 "Amante" Super Tuscan Style Red Wine, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $49.95.
84 Falkner 2013 Rock Creek Vineyard, Syrah, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Viognier, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $27.95.
94 Falkner 2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley 13.9% (USA) $39.95.
89 Falkner 2013 "Luscious Lips" Red, California 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
84 Falkner 2014 "Luscious Lips" White, California 11.8% (USA) $16.95.
86 Falkner 2015 "Irresistible" Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $15.95.
80 Falkner 2015 "Risque", Riesling, Temecula 12.9% (USA) $19.95.
89 Falkner 2015 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.95.
84 Falkner 2014 Vintner’s Reserve, Sangiovese, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2015 Irresistible Rosato, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $16.95.
92 Falkner 2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.95.
94 Falkner 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.95.
80 Falkner 2013 Luscious Lips Red, California 14.5% (USA) $17.95.
85 Falkner 2016 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
81 Falkner 2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $17.95.
82 Falkner 2016 Risque Semi-Dry, Riesling, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $21.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.95.
96 Falkner 2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $54.95.
90 Falkner 2015 Estate Grown Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $79.95.
88 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.

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.