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Fifteen Appellations by Italics

Fifteen Appellations by Italics
2011 Red Meritage, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$95
Cellar Selection

Fifteen Appellations by Italics
2011 Red Meritage, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7%
Opaque ruby black color. Lively, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of warm berry preserves, butter roasted nuts, and caramel with a bright, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long baked plums and apples, cedar, sweet and peppery spices, and pencil shavings finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice mature red blend that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth, oaky & rich & full
Aroma Aroma: warm berry preserves, butter roasted nuts, and caramel
Taste Flavor: baked plums and apples, cedar, sweet and peppery spices, and pencil shavings
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Rack of Baby Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice mature red blend that will shine at the table.

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.