Full Review

Sola

Sola
2013 Meritage, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .07%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.99
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Sola
2013 Meritage, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: .07%
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of stewed red cherries, cedar, and tobacco with an soft, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A well structured wine that will compliment grilled meats.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: stewed red cherries, cedar, and tobacco
Taste Flavor: stewed red cherries, cedar, and tobacco
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Venison Steak, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well structured wine that will compliment grilled meats.

The Producer

Sola Winery

The Producer
425 Gateway Rd W
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 925-639-1724

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.