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
A juicy, balanced and effortlessly drinkable Red Meritage blend that satisfies.
Awards: 2021 Best Meritage
Dry Creek Vineyard 2017 The Mariner Red Meritage
93 points
A svelte and juicy Meritage blend that should stand the test of time.
Fox Run 2019 Red Meritage Seneca Lake
92 points
A distinctive, savory and inviting red blend with great table appeal.
Monte De Oro 2017 Simplexity Red Blend Temecula Valley
92 points
A juicy, savory red blend that will be a hit at the table.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2018 Meritage Reserve Red Meritage
91 points
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
A delicious and instantly appealing Red Meritage blend with pastry-like oak.
Estancia 2017 Reserve Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
91 points
A bold and chewy Meritage blend with mouthwatering acidity that will elevate steak.
Outlander 2019 Meritage Paso Robles
89 points
Best Buy
Chocolatey oak entices the California Red drinker to this dynamic Meritage from Paso.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
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.
South Coast 2017 Red Meritage South Coast
87 points
A firm, friendly Meritage Blend that will fit right in at the table.