Paul is going to write a lengthier Blog on Meritage, but I just want to get my two cents worth in as well ! Remember last May, Winexpert was able to supply us with Selection Estate Series Small Lots 3 Continents Meritage? ( Small Lots due to the scarce availability of supply available , ie., once they’re gone, they’re gone!) Well, last night I opened one of these precious bottles. To my great delight, aromas of rich fruits, black cherry, & chocolate filled the room. This wine is under a year – I cannot imagine what it is going to be like past a year and even at 2 years of age!
A Red Meritage is a blend of two or more of the red “noble” Bordeaux varieties. If the blend includes any other grape variety, it is , by definition, not a Meritage. Also to qualify as a Meritage, no single grape variety can make up more than 90% of the blend. Winexpert’s 3 Continents Meritage combines Petit Verdot from Australia, Cab Sauv from California, and Merlot from Chile. Those of you that were fortunate enough to get your hands on one of these kits, you are in for a real treat. It’s fabulous young, but put aside some bottles for sure – I guarantee you won’t regret it! ( I really feel this wine is Gold Medal material ! )
I remember when I first started making wine in the early ’90s, Paul gave me a bottle to take home and try. It was a Limited Edition Grand Bordeaux ( the year of the wine eludes me), but this wine made such an impression on me, I was hooked. I still remember the taste of that wine all these years later, and this 3 Continents Meritage is right up there with that Grand Bordeaux!