Meritage

Derived from a combination of the words “Merit” and “Heritage”, Meritage wines are U.S. born and bred and must include some combination of the classic Bordeaux varietals. When examining our Meritage Wine Ratings, it is evident that the red blends are far more prevalent than the whites. The red wines are a blend of the noble Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, while the whites combine Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. In these wines, no one varietal may account for more than 90% of the blend. In order to use the term Meritage, wineries must apply for and obtain a license through the Meritage Alliance, though certain wineries choose to brand their wines, creating a proprietary blend such as Joseph Phelps’Insignia.” The Alliance considers these wines to be the best of the vintage, and consumers can expect big and bold flavors, brimming with ripe and lush berry fruit that will only improve with oak barrel aging. For further information on these wines simply reference our Meritage Wine Reviews.

> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 339
95
points

M. Cosentino 2001 M. Coz Meritage (Napa Valley)

  1. $120
This fabulous wine stuns in every respect. It’s sweet in black currant, plum, mocha and oak flavors, yet retains a balanced dryness. A stiff backbone of acidity provides life and zest, but the intricate tapestry of tannins has a soft, aged feel. Voluptuous in the mouth; will age and likely improve beyond 2010.  — S.H.  (10/1/2004)
94
points

Geyser Peak 2007 Reserve Alexandre Meritage (Alexander Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45
A great wine for drinking now, this is just beginning to show the evolution of its primary blackberry, blueberry and currant fruits. Hints of anise, dark chocolate, dried herb, spices and cedar add interest. This is a blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, but the Cabernet Sauvignon component stands front and center with its firm tannins, depth and concentration.  — S.H.  (4/1/2013)
94
points

Thomas Fogarty 2006 Lexington Meritage (Santa Cruz Mountains)

  1. $50
An extraordinary wine, Fogarty’s best Bordeaux-style wine ever. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it shows the classic profile of a young wine capable of extended aging. The tannins still are serious at the age of nearly five years. There’s good acidity, and the core of blackberries, cherries and cassis is potent. Give it at least another…  — S.H.  (10/1/2011)
94
points

Rodney Strong 2007 Symmetry Red Meritage (Alexander Valley)

  1. $55
A great Bordeaux-style wine that can stand proudly next to Napa bottlings that cost far more. It’s mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four permitted Meritage varieties, and there seems to be lots of new, sweetly toasted oak. The blackberry, cherry, red currant, mocha and bacon flavors are delicious, but even better is the tannic structure. It’s soft and…  — S.H.  (12/15/2010)
94
points

Rodney Strong 2005 Symmetry Red Meritage (Alexander Valley)

  1. $60
Rodney Strong’s Symmetry is more tannic than their ’05 Reserve Cab, and it also has more complex flavors from being a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties. It shows a deep streak of dark stone fruits, black and blue berries, cassis, carob, violets and smoky cedar. Fine and elegant now, and it should develop nicely over the next decade.  — S.H.  (12/15/2008)
94
points

Thomas Fogarty 2007 Lexington Meritage (Santa Cruz Mountains)

  • Online Exclusive
  1. $60
Opulent, smooth and ageable, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is rich in blackberries, currants and milk chocolate, and it exudes a green olive tanginess that increases the pleasure. The tannins are thick but supple. This is a wine that pleases right away, and it changes from sip to sip as it breathes. As excellent as it is now, it will develop bottle complexity…  — S.H.  (4/1/2013)
94
points

Wellington 2007 Victory Reserve Meritage (Sonoma County)

  • Online Exclusive
  1. $60
This is one of the best Bordeaux-style blends Wellington has ever produced. Although it still has plenty of life ahead, perhaps as much as 10 more years, its soft tannins and sweet black-currant flavor make it drinkable now. Only 471 cases were produced, but it’s worth the hunt.  — S.H.  (4/1/2013)
93
points

William Hill Estate 2007 Meritage (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $125
Needs time in the cellar, as it’s really tough in tannins now. Feels hard and sandpapery and raspingly dry. Deep down inside is a molten core of ripe blackberries and black currants, with lots of new, smoky oak. Seems to be your classically ageable Napa red. Give it until at least 2013, and it could surprise and delight for many years beyond.  — S.H.  (9/1/2010)
> 2 3 4 5 6 >>
Showing 1 thru -8 of 339
Facebook Activity
Twitter Activity