Full Review

Cape May

Cape May
2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18
Best Buy

Cape May
2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Old World
Aroma Aroma: ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, pine, and clay
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of tomato leaf
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright, food-friendly Meritage blend that with elevate the meal.

The Producer

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
711 Townbank Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204
USA
1 609-884-1169

Their Portfolio

85 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
85 Cape May 2016 Chardonnay, American 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
87 Cape May 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $23.00.
89 Cape May 2017 Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Cape May 2017 White , New Jersey 13.1% (USA) $15.00.
85 Cape May 2017 Rosé, New Jersey 12.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Merlot, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $21.00.
89 Cape May 2016 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Cape May NV Red Blend, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Cape May 2019 Vidal Blanc, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cape May 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Cape May Penninsula 11.8% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Cape May 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
91 Cape May 2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Cape May 2017 Pinot Noir, Cape May Penninsula 13.3% (USA) $22.00.
BR Isaac Smith NV White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Isaac Smith NV Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
87 Isaac Smith 2014 White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $45.00.
89 Isaac Smith 2011 Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $52.00.
BR Isaac Smith 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $14.00.

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.