Full Review

Freedom Run

Freedom Run
2013 Meritage Estate, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$34.95

Freedom Run
2013 Meritage Estate, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Dark garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, charred meats, blistered blueberries, and coriander with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-length ripe plum finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A terrific expression from Niagara Escarpment; an excellent steak wine to lay down if you can resist.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: tomato leaf, charred meats, blistered blueberries, and coriander
Taste Flavor: ripe plum
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A terrific expression from Niagara Escarpment; an excellent steak wine to lay down if you can resist.

The Producer

Freedom Run Winery

The Producer
5138 Lower Mountain Rd
Lockport, NY 14094
USA
1 716-433-4136

Red Meritage

Wine Glass Cabernet.jpg
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.