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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Chocolate Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35

Pollak Vineyards
2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Chocolate Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry yogurt, lemon herb muffin, and hint of wax with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-long pomegranate, spiced melon, cocoa-dusted chestnuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A polished, piquant dry red wine that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cranberry yogurt, lemon herb muffin, and hint of wax
Taste Flavor: pomegranate, spiced melon, cocoa-dusted chestnuts, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Mole Chicken, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A polished, piquant dry red wine that will shine at the table.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844

Their Portfolio

90 Pollak Vineyards 2011 "Mille Fleurs", Viognier, Monticello 17.5% (USA) $30.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
95 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Monticello 14% (USA) $26.00.
80 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Rosé, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello 16.5% (USA) $30.00.

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.