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Wine Spots

Wine Spots
2012 Cuvee 38 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .043%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29
Cellar Selection

Wine Spots
2012 Cuvee 38 Red Blend, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .043%
Bright dark nearly opaque dusty color. Bright, savory, fruity oaky aromas of raspberry toffee (Brach’s), black currants, damson plums, and sandalwood with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Precise, complex etches flavors come on nicely and seamlessly melt into one another. good balance and length.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich, full & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: raspberry toffee (Brach's), black currants, damson plums, and sandalwood
Taste Flavor: warming, medium-length
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribeye, Red Wine Braised Shortribs, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Precise, complex etches flavors come on nicely and seamlessly melt into one another. good balance and length.

The Producer or Importer

Wine Spots Cellars

The Producer or  Importer
101 Mission St, #500
San Francisco, CA 94105
USA
1 415-546-2204

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.