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Falkner

Falkner
2015 Special Selection Meritage, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$59.95

Falkner
2015 Special Selection Meritage, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, baker’s chocolate, and hint of beeswax candle with a bright, fruity medium body and a relaxed finish conveying notes of chocolate orange peel and nuts, boysenberry tart, vanilla salt water taffy, and cedar spice cabinet with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A somewhat demure yet juicy red blend that will benefit from moderate cellaring.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, baker's chocolate, and hint of beeswax candle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate orange peel and nuts, boysenberry tart, vanilla salt water taffy, and cedar spice cabinet
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat demure yet juicy red blend that will benefit from moderate cellaring.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

The Producer
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-8231

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.