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Freedom Run

Freedom Run
2014 Meritage Appassimento, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44.95
Cellar Selection

Freedom Run
2014 Meritage Appassimento, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dark brick red color. Aromas of raisins, sandalwood-vanilla, salted caramel, cherry-mint lozenge, cigar box, and carob cookies with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-long tar, dried roses, aniseed, and dried cherry finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An outstanding mature red that puts Niagara Escarpment on the map: Italian wine lovers need apply.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Old World, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: raisins, sandalwood-vanilla, salted caramel, cherry-mint lozenge, cigar box, and carob cookies
Taste Flavor: tar, dried roses, aniseed, and dried cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Leg Of Lamb, Grilled Ribeye With Cabrales Cheese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An outstanding mature red that puts Niagara Escarpment on the map: Italian wine lovers need apply.

The Producer

Freedom Run Winery

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

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.