About Red Meritage Red Wine

About Red Meritage Red Wine
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.

Top Picks for Red Meritage

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2020 Estate Reserve Red Meritage
89 points
Tart fruit flavors combine with notes of chocolate and coffee to create a lifted, elegant wine.
Outlander 2019 Meritage Paso Robles
89 points
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Chocolatey oak entices the California Red drinker to this dynamic Meritage from Paso.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Braganini 2020 Reserve Meritage Red Blend Lake Michigan Shore
88 points
Comes alive on the palate with red and black fruits; a nice red table wine.
Rodney Strong 2016 Symmetry Red Meritage
88 points
A high quality blend that makes a great table wine to pair with a wide variety of foods.
M Cellars 2021 Meritage Grand River Valley
86 points
If in Ohio and looking to drink local but also have a preference for Bordeaux blends, then this little sipper has it going on.
Monte De Oro 2018 Simplexity Red Meritage
86 points
A lively red fruit juice bomb that will be a hit at your next family grill out.
Preferred Stock NV Meritage Red Blend Napa Valley
85 points
A subtle nose and earthy tannic structure make this a nice wine to warm you up on a slow cooker kind of night.