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Falkner

Falkner
2015 Special Selection Meritage, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$59.95

Falkner
2015 Special Selection Meritage, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, baker's chocolate, and hint of beeswax candle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate orange peel and nuts, boysenberry tart, vanilla salt water taffy, and cedar spice cabinet
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat demure yet juicy red blend that will benefit from moderate cellaring.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

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

Their Portfolio

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.
90 Falkner 2015 Field Blend Port, South Coast 18% (USA) $39.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
90 Falkner 2017 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
93 Falkner 2015 Syrah, California 15% (USA) $49.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $29.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $34.95.
86 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $26.95.
87 Falkner 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $26.95.
90 Falkner 2018 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $29.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.4% (USA) $44.95.

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.