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Midnight Cellars

Midnight Cellars
2011 "Mare Nectaris" Reserve, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$52.00

Midnight Cellars
2011 "Mare Nectaris" Reserve, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Bright brick red color. Fruity, toasty, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced dark plums, fruitcake, dark raspberries and potters clay with a slightly chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with earthy, chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. Exceptional nose, lots integrated complex scents.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced dark plums, fruitcake, dark raspberries and potters clay
Taste Flavor: warming, interesting, brisk
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Aged Cheddar Cheeseburger, Leg Of Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Exceptional nose, lots integrated complex scents.
The Producer

Midnight Cellars

The Producer
2925 Anderson Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
USA
1 805-239-8904
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.