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Snooth User: WVTIM

A good Meritage or other blend

Posted by WVTIM, Feb 11, 2010.

I am looking for a good Meritage or other blend for $50 to $75


Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2010.

Become a fan of MERITAGE on Facebook!
The Meritage Association which was established in 1988, focusses on
handcrafted wines blended from the BORDEAUX varietals....or rather ...those
very NOBLE Bordeaux varietals.

Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2010.

Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve 2006.

SNOOTH features some Meritage.

There is also one from the Ahr region in Germany
called Rosenthal (NON VINTAGE) is on SNOOTH.

Around 1988, American vintners established
The Meritage Association.
They focus on handcrafted wines blended
from the traditional Bordeaux varietals....excuse me....
NOBLE Bordeaux varietals.
You may want to become a fan of MERITAGE
on Facebook.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Feb 18, 2010.

While I'm not a huge CA fan, my wine list is comprised of many Meritage. Some popular ones in your price-range include:

Ferrari-Carano Tresor
BV Tapestry
Beringer Alluvium
Franciscan Magnifcat
Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
Justin Isosceles

The first couple are actually under your budget, the last few might be starting to push it somewhat. These are some of the bigger names in blends, which should make them easy to find.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 18, 2010.

Two of the original Bordeaux blend wines in California that started the meritage craze (long before the 'Meritage Association/Alliance/Whatever' hung their shingle), and that are still at or near the top of the heap, are Phelps Insignia, which is now over $100/btl, and Christian Mouiex's Dominus, which is still within your price range:

Reply by WVTIM, Feb 18, 2010.

Thanks everyone for the input so far. The Ferrari Carano Tresor is one I was looking at, but I am unsure on availability. I am trying to expand my wine list to include more than Estancia for a Meritage. One blend (can't call it a Meritage) is Ravenswood Icon "The Blacks". I hear good things but my neighbor the Master Sommelier can't even give me a good profile of what it might taste like. Has anyone besides a wine critic had it? It's available through my supplier and sounds different and interesting which what I am looking for.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 18, 2010.

I just tasted several Meritage wines. I was very impressed with the 2007 Trinitas and the 2006 Thumbprint Three Some. I'm not sure if these samples were pre-release but the wines are available from the wineries for $50 and $43 respectively.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 18, 2010.

Does your hunt need to only be centered on the West Coast of the US? Why not go to 'source' and try some Bordeaux blends from, of all places, Bordeaux in France? There's a whole range of good wines from there in your price range.... ;-)

Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2010.

Quite right dmcker !

One could go to the SOURCE!

Reply by penguinoid, Feb 20, 2010.

There's some good Cabernet sauvignon-based blends being made in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand now, especially in the Gimblett Gravels subregion. See , for example.

Reply by amour, Feb 26, 2010.

Yet another.....MERITAGE 2006 SYMMETRY (Alexander Valley Red)


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