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Fazeli Cellars

Fazeli Cellars
2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42

Fazeli Cellars
2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Garnet color. Aromas of red cassis, cured meats, aniseed, and fine cider with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long leather, savory spices, and hazelnut finish. Fine balance and alluring aromas made for a stately Meritage blend; enjoy now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: red cassis, cured meats, aniseed, and fine cider
Taste Flavor: leather, savory spices, and hazelnut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Fine balance and alluring aromas made for a stately Meritage blend; enjoy now or cellar.

The Producer

Fazelli Vineyards, LLC

The Producer
27495 Diaz Rd
Temecula, CA 92590
USA
1 951-699-8896

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.