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Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2020 Estate Reserve, Red Meritage, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Sustainable Agriculture
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2020 Estate Reserve, Red Meritage, Niagara Escarpment

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of shoe polish and leather, cranberry and unripened blackberry, and green herbs with a satiny, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of under ripe blackberry, leather and pipe tobacco, and coffee bean with grippy, coating, woody tannins. Tart fruit flavors combine with notes of chocolate and coffee to create a lifted, elegant wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: shoe polish and leather, cranberry and unripened blackberry, and green herbs
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of under ripe blackberry, leather and pipe tobacco, and coffee bean
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Tart fruit flavors combine with notes of chocolate and coffee to create a lifted, elegant wine.

The Producer

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

The Producer
4746 Townline Rd
Lockport, NY 14094
USA
1 716-434-8030

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.