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Blend – 57% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
Aging – 14 months new and used French and American Oak
It is a clear, medium+ intensity, ruby colored wine with legs. It is a clean wine with medium+ intense aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and toffee. On the palate it has medium+ alcohol, medium acidity, medium body, and medium tannins. It has flavors of tart cherry, blackberry, cassis and bramble with a medium length finish.
Meritage wines are provocative red or white wines crafted solely from specific "noble" Bordeaux grape varieties and are considered to be the very best wines of the vintage.
Meritage, pronounced like heritage, first appeared in the late 1980s after a group of American vintners joined forces to create a name for New World wines blended in the tradition of Bordeaux. The word was selected from more than 6,000 entries in an international contest. Meritage combines "merit," reflecting the quality of the grapes, with "heritage," which recognizes the centuries-old tradition of blending, long considered to be the highest form of the winemaker's art.
Meritage wines are growing in popularity and are currently the second fastest growing wine category in the industry. They are highly regarded for their aging potential, yet are completely approachable in their youth.