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deLorimier

deLorimier
2014 Artisan Meritage, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .01%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$70

deLorimier
2014 Artisan Meritage, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4% RS: .01%
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate wafers, dark purple fruits in cream, and clove with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length finish with touches of allspice, oak, and vanilla bean with medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. A fruity wine with a huge backbone of oak; oak heads should happily drink now, others should cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: chocolate wafers, dark purple fruits in cream, and clove
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of allspice, oak, and vanilla bean
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Swedish Meatballs, Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity wine with a huge backbone of oak; oak heads should happily drink now, others should cellar.

The Producer

deLorimier Winery

The Producer
2001 Highway 128
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 800-546-7718

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.