Full Review

Outlander

Outlander
2017 Meritage Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.49
Best Buy

Outlander
2017 Meritage Red Blend, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of currants, sweet potato, sage, ripe blackberry, and licorice with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish displaying notes of chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. A sturdy and balanced red Meritage with lots of layers to discover.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: currants, sweet potato, sage, ripe blackberry, and licorice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate chips
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy and balanced red Meritage with lots of layers to discover.

The Retailer

Aldi Inc.

The Retailer
1200 North Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
USA
1 630-761-2259

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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.