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

Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Genevieve Estate Grown Red Meritage
94 points
$40
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted and buttered baguette with cherry preserves, herbed olives, raspberry jam, tobacco, and toasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, balanced and effortlessly drinkable Red Meritage blend that satisfies.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2017 The Mariner Red Meritage
93 points
$50
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry candle, blackberry pie, and hints of mustard seed with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lemon zest and hints of dill with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A svelte and juicy Meritage blend that should stand the test of time.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Genevieve Lodi
93 points
$40
Black ruby color. Aromas of plum preserves, pickling spices, candied bacon, and vanilla with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long berry cobbler, pickled watermelon, and mint chocolate finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brawny but well-integrated red from Lodi that is sure to compliment fine meals of beef or lamb.
Monte De Oro 2017 Simplexity Red Blend Temecula Valley
92 points
$43
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sun dried tomato, dill, green tea, pomegranate, vanilla, and brandied cherry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows notes of cola and sarsaparilla with light oak flavor. A juicy, savory Red Blend that will be a hit at the table.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2018 Meritage Reserve Red Meritage
91 points
$24
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of gherkins, blackberry, tomato leaf, and pickled dill with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of cherry chutney, hints of cacao nib, and sage with moderate oak flavor. A rush of fruity acidity follows a savory and oaky nose; a lovely wine for food pairings.
Reynolds Family Winery 2018 Persistence Red Blend Red Meritage
91 points
$62
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas of raisin bread pudding and halvah with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long chocolate babka, honey, and Jordan almonds finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious and instantly appealing Red Meritage blend with pastry-like oak.
Estancia 2017 Reserve Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
91 points
$26
Black violet color. Aromas of juicy plum, black cassis confiture, licorice, and hazelnut with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, long fine tea and pickled pomegranate arils finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy Meritage blend with mouthwatering acidity that will elevate steak.
Cape May 2017  Red Meritage
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, pine, and clay with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish with suggestions of tomato leaf with light oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Meritage blend that with elevate the meal.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Coda Rossa 2018 Meritage Red Meritage
88 points
$18
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of red bell pepper, cassis pie, leather, tobacco, coconut, dill, and nutmeg with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long grilled plum and toast finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Meritage blend with firm structure suited to steaks.
Outlander 2017 Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
88 points
$7.49
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of currants, sweet potato, sage, ripe blackberry, and licorice with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish displaying notes of chocolate chips with moderate oak flavor. A sturdy and balanced red Meritage with lots of layers to discover.
88 points $7.49 Best Buy