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Alecia Jankowski
August 7, 2015 | Alecia Jankowski

2012 Meritage Tasting Notes and Recipe Suggestions!

Another Friday, another blog post!  I have felt like it was supposed to be Friday since waking up on Wednesday morning.  Anyone else having a week like that?  I wonder why that happens.  Anyway...

This week, I am talking about our 2012 Meritage.  Since our 2008 vintage, where our Meritage took the Governor's Cup at the Pennsylvania Farm Show (naming it best wine in the state), it has been our flagship wine.  Meritage is a name that is commonly used in the United States for a red Bordeaux-style blend, encompassing the grapes found in Bordeaux wines (some combination of two of the following varieties:  Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec).  You actually pay the Meritage Alliance a yearly fee to use the name Meritage.  Quick little story:  Before we won the Governor's Cup, we were going to change the name of our Meritage so that we didn't have to be part of the Meritage Alliance, but once that wine won that award, we couldn't just change the name.  It probably ended up being a bit of a blessing because we couldn't come to an agreement on what would replace that name.  There were a bunch floating around, some better than others...

SO!  Our 2012 Meritage is a blend of 60% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot.  It was aged for 12 months in 50% French Oak, 25% American Oak, and 25% Hungarian Oak (a total of 30% new oak).  It is soft, yet bold.  Julie Albin from Drink Me Magazine described this wine perfectly:  This wine offers an ambiance of bright red cherry, mint leaf, leather, and a bit of dusty wood.  Incredibly supple tannins hold together the wine's soft texture, bright fruit, and bold cinnamon spice finish.  

I think that I would like to drink this wine with something like Boeuf Bourguignon.  What better recipe for you to follow than Julia Child's?  If you don't want to buy the cookbook (I recommend that you buy it if you enjoy cooking, it is excellent), I have found it for you here:  I would also say that some great alternative pairings for this wine would be lamb chops, steaks, prime rib, and most game.  It also goes well with goats milk cheeses....nothing like a good goats milk cheese board!

Our 2012 Meritage retails for $32 plus tax.  Shipping is free with a purchase of 3 bottles or more!  I hope that you have a fun filled weekend, I know I plan to!  I'm having a dinner party tomorrow night, tequila themed...I mean...Mexican food themed...  Until next time!


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