Full Review

Outlander

Outlander
2015 Meritage, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.99

Outlander
2015 Meritage, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh sliced jalepeño, dark berry, pencil eraser, and black cherry soda with a round, bright, fruity sweet full body and a brisk finish evoking notes of mixed berry pie, mustard seed, and vanilla custard with medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. An almost off-dry big red blend for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: fresh sliced jalepeño, dark berry, pencil eraser, and black cherry soda
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of mixed berry pie, mustard seed, and vanilla custard
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Ham With Mostarda, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An almost off-dry big red blend for the table.

The Producer

Independence Wine Services

The Producer
22280 Geyserville Avenue
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 847-208-6020

Their Portfolio

86 30 Miles 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
86 Ashokawna 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
85 Broken Clouds 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Broken Clouds 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Broken Clouds 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $12.00.
86 Chateau Cote Nord 2016 Chardonnay, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
88 Chiare 2015 Blanc de Blanc, Monterey County 12% (USA) $14.99.
84 Chiare 2016 Blanc de Blanc, Monterey County 12% (USA) $14.99.
90 Crimson Roots 2014 Old Vines, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Crimson Roots 2015 Dark Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
92 Kaia 2016 Rosé, Monterey County 12.8% (USA) $14.99.
87 Kicker Cane 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.99.
88 Kicker Cane 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Napa County-45% Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $24.99.
87 Kicker Cane 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $34.99.
89 Kicker Cane 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
89 Member’s Mark 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.00.
90 Member’s Mark 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
87 Outlander 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Outlander 2015 Meritage, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
85 Pond Hawk 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
85 Pond Hawk 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Pond Hawk 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Rolling Mist 2015 Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
90 Rolling Mist 2016 Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
87 Succulent Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
87 Succulent Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
89 Tailslide 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.

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.