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Fifteen Appellations by Italics

Fifteen Appellations by Italics
2010 Meritage, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$115

Fifteen Appellations by Italics
2010 Meritage, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried cassis, black olive, roasted nuts, and wet clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long cocoa, vanilla nuts, cedar, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, age-worthy red blend that will reward cellaring.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: dried cassis, black olive, roasted nuts, and wet clay
Taste Flavor: cocoa, vanilla nuts, cedar, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Veal Marsala, Prime Rib, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice dry, age-worthy red blend that will reward cellaring.

The Producer

Italics Winegrowers

The Producer
70 Rapp Lane
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-258-0106

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.