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
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
$50
A svelte and juicy Meritage blend that should stand the test of time.
Fox Run 2019 Red Meritage Seneca Lake
92 points
$45
A distinctive, savory and inviting red blend with great table appeal.
Monte De Oro 2017 Simplexity Red Blend Temecula Valley
92 points
$43
A juicy, savory red blend that will be a hit at the table.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2018 Meritage Reserve Red Meritage
91 points
$24
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
A delicious and instantly appealing Red Meritage blend with pastry-like oak.
Estancia 2017 Reserve Meritage Red Blend Paso Robles
91 points
$26
A bold and chewy Meritage blend with mouthwatering acidity that will elevate steak.
Outlander 2019 Meritage Paso Robles
89 points
$7.99
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
$60
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
$16
A firm, friendly Meritage Blend that will fit right in at the table.