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I began today ostensibly writing about Meritage wines and Bordeaux, but then the truth interfered. The truth is, Meritage wines, and some of Bordeaux can't really be distinguished today from many other more 'inventive' blends that are creeping into the marketplace. While some blends remain dominated by say, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Barbera or Syrah thrown in for some spice and brightness, where can one draw a line between these wines?

The truth is one can't, and one shouldn't. Today's line-up consists of blends $20 and under, not exactly the hotbed of terroir driven wines, which can be an issue with blends to begin with, so what I'm looking for here is enjoyability. What else can one expect from an inexpensive blend? A whole greater than the sum of its parts.


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