Full Review

Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
Cellar Selection

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, leather, dried pomegranate and meat, and brown butter with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with accents of nuts, cedar, and delicate spiced beets and figs with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely, meaty red blend that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & New World
Aroma Aroma: baking chocolate, leather, dried pomegranate and meat, and brown butter
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of nuts, cedar, and delicate spiced beets and figs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Daube Provençal, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely, meaty red blend that will shine at the table.

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.