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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Pollak Vineyards
2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Brilliant deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black pepper, cured meat, and sawdust with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a breezy finish evoking notes of plum tart with soft, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A well balanced and fruit forward red blend.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: black pepper, cured meat, and sawdust
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of plum tart
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Boar, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well balanced and fruit forward red blend.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

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

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.