Meritage/ Red Blend

Meritage/Red Blend

For a wine to be labeled as a single varietal, that wine must contain at least 75% of that specific grape. In an effort to eliminate confusion and help brand wines that contain less than 75% of a single varietal, a group of Napa Valley vintners created the Heritage Association in 1998.

A wine may be labeled as a Meritage if it contains at least two or more of the following varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, St. Macaire, Gros Verdot, or Carmenère with no one varietal comprising more than 90% of the blend.

If a blended red wine fails to meet these standards, it is known instead as a Red Blend. 

Although many people, including many wine experts, have a tendency to Frenchify the word "Meritage" by pronouncing its last syllable with a "zh" sound, as in "garage," the Meritage Alliance specifically states that the word should be pronounced to rhyme with "heritage.

Shop Meritage/ Red Blend Wines

2012  Humanitas 'Signum' Napa Valley
$ 100.00

Signum: Latin for something that marks or identifies. We're more than comfortable making the 2012 Signum our identifying wine with its succulent, harmonious cacophony of blackberry, ripe wild strawberry, candied current and tobacco leaf. This is the elixir that seems to call out the stars on a cloudy night, and hasten our conversations to new existential depths. It's unfiltered, smooth, smudged with graphite, ready to chill out in your cellar for the next decade or emerge tonight paired with Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and maybe your love supreme?

Composition: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Carneros, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Aging: 22 months in 70% new French oak, unfiltered
Harvest Date: October 18 & 26, 2012

2013 Humanitas 'Signum' Napa Valley
$ 100.00

Signum: Latin for something that marks or identifies. We're more than comfortable making the 2012 Signum our identifying wine with its succulent, harmonious cacophony of blackberry, ripe wild strawberry, candied current and tobacco leaf. This is the elixir that seems to call out the stars on a cloudy night, and hasten our conversations to new existential depths. It's unfiltered, smooth, smudged with graphite, ready to chill out in your cellar for the next decade or emerge tonight paired with Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and maybe your love supreme?

Composition: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Carneros, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Aging: 22 months in 70% new French oak, unfiltered
Harvest Date: October 18 & 26, 2012

2013 Oak Cliff Cellars Rogues Blend
$ 29.00

2012 predecessor won double gold/best of class in the 2014 East meets West International Wine Competition.
$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

A proprietary red blend that marries three primary varietals native to the Rhone Valley of France: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM). This classic-style blend resembles the Southern Rhone Chateauneuf du Papes blends in which the spice of the Grenache, lavender fragrance and perfumed berries of the Mourvedre and the dense, tannic fruit of the Syrah are united in a way that creates an earthy, yet explosive combination of flavors suitable for pairing with a wide variety of savory dishes or by itself.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County. At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap. Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

Blend:                         41% Grenache, 41% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah
Region:                       Wild Diamond Vineyard, Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.5%

Limited Production - 243 Cases 

 

2013 Picayune Cellars Padlock Red Blend
$ 29.00

Tasting Notes

Dark Ruby color, deep layers of black cherries, cassis, blackberries, cocoa, currants and bit of truffle on the nose, the wine is beautiful and seductive. An elegant, round, and rich mid-palate with an attractive texture and excellent acidity, Padlock, our first red blend, is sexy but well balanced with good depth and length.

Appellation: 100% Napa Valley

Varietal: 73% Merlot - 21% Cabernet Sauvignon - 6% Cabernet Franc

Fermentation: 10 -14-day fermentation in open top and median sized fermenters all cap irrigated with peak temps of between 80 -85 F. All wine was aged in 60 gallon French barrels for 15 months. Wines were racked every four months and assemble two months before bottling.

Alcohol: 13.7%

Limited Production - 600 Cases

2013 Playground Cellars Playground Proprietary Red
$ 48.00

Only 25 cases available!!! This has been the find of the year.  85% St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Oak Knoll Merlot.  We keep hearing the same reaction from people when tasting this amazing wine from the barrel “I want to drink all of this now”.

Tasting Notes

Blackberry all the way with leather and violets living in harmony. A faint hint of orange blossom points to the fresh fruit while the tannins showcase the French Oak

Vintage: 2013
Varietal(s): 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley (St. Helena/Oak Knoll)
Alc: 14.8%


Limited Production 25 cases

2014 Ascension Cellars Soul Shaker Bordeaux Blend
$ 66.00

BRONZE MEDAL - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition

5% off of a purchase of 6-11 bottles 
10% off the purchase of a case.
$1.00 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more to CA
$9.99 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more shipped outside of CA

Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Soul Shaker displays a fantastic dark garnet color and offers seductive aromas of ripe currants, black cherries, pomegranate, cranberry, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs, toasted hazelnut, and hints of roasted coffee. The fruit is delivered by round, polished and dusty tannins, which explode on your palate leaving you with a mouthful of delicious juicy dark fruits. Wonderful and absolutely delicious the 2014 vintage has the potential to evolve for decades.

Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles, Geneseo AVA - California USA
Blend:  40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 12% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.9%

 

Limited Production – 105 Cases Produced

2014 Ascension Cellars Trinity GSM Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre
$ 56.00

GOLD MEDAL / 91 Points - 2017 LA International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition
5% off of a purchase of 6-11 bottles
10% off the purchase of a case.
$1.00 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more to CA
$9.99 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more shipped outside of CA

Tasting Notes

Our vibrant, ruby red gemstone wine is a beautifully bodied southern Rhône-style Grenache blend. Roses, red strawberries and bing cherries encompass the classic elements and style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, swirling with sour jamminess and spontaneous bursts of rose water, crushed blood red oranges and white pepper on the finish.  

Trinity GSM is an enjoyable companion for medium bodied cheeses but our wine is invariably invited to stay for dinner with entrees of salmon, duck, pheasant, goose, pork, turkey and pasta.

Varietal: Red Rhône Blend
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Year: 2013
Blend: 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Alcohol: 14%
pH: 3.8

Limited Production – 135 Cases

 

2014 Oak Cliff Cellars Rogues Blend
$ 29.00

2012 predecessor won double gold/best of class in the 2014 East meets West International Wine Competition.
$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

A proprietary red blend that marries three primary varietals native to the Rhone Valley of France: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM). This classic-style blend resembles the Southern Rhone Chateauneuf du Papes blends in which the spice of the Grenache, lavender fragrance and perfumed berries of the Mourvedre and the dense, tannic fruit of the Syrah are united in a way that creates an earthy, yet explosive combination of flavors suitable for pairing with a wide variety of savory dishes or by itself.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County. At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap. Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

Blend:                         41% Grenache, 41% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah
Region:                       Wild Diamond Vineyard, Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.5%

Limited Production - 243 Cases 

 

2014 Oak Cliff Cellars Zipline Red
$ 26.00

$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

A unique blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel meant to excite the taste buds and pair with a wide variety of tapas or small bites, or just by itself.  As with most ziplines, this wine will provide a passionate experience and appreciation of these three grapes whiles providing color and spice to whatever is foraged along the way.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine represent a marriage of the best from three vineyards in two counties – all at higher elevations and all benefiting from cool Pacific breezes at night.  Petite Sirah grapes are from Amber View Vineyard in northern Lake County, while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc come from Wild Diamond Vineyard in the southern part of the County.  The Petite Sirah has bigger tannins and dark, dense fruit while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc have softer tannins than many Napa Cab blends to the south.  Both enjoy shorter than normal harvest periods but fully ripe fruit because of their vineyard elevations of over 2,000 feet. The Zinfandel from Firebrick Hill Vineyard to the west, however, enjoys a cooler climate and longer growing season, resulting in a more refined, layered fruit as evident in this wine’s long, silky finish. 

Blend:                         Syrah,  Mourvedre, and Zinfandel
Region:                       Lake County, California
Alcohol:                       14.5%

 

Limited Production - 241 Cases

 

2014 Picayune Cellars Padlock Red Blend
$ 29.00

Tasting Notes

Dark Ruby color, deep layers of black cherries, cassis, blackberries, cocoa, currants and bit of truffle on the nose, the wine is beautiful and seductive. An elegant, round, and rich mid-palate with an attractive texture and excellent acidity, Padlock, our first red blend, is sexy but well balanced with good depth and length.

Appellation: 100% Napa Valley

Varietal: 73% Merlot - 21% Cabernet Sauvignon - 6% Cabernet Franc

Fermentation: 10 -14-day fermentation in open top and median sized fermenters all cap irrigated with peak temps of between 80 -85 F. All wine was aged in 60 gallon French barrels for 15 months. Wines were racked every four months and assemble two months before bottling.

Alcohol: 13.7%

Limited Production - 600 Cases

2014 Troon Black Label G*S*M, Rogue Valley
$ 50.00

Blends and co-ferments our an integral part of our winemaking and this G*S*M (Grenache 4.2%, Syrah 45.2%, Mourvedre 50.6%) shows the kinds of textures and flavors that only blends can achieve. Lifted and bright this wine is what pinot noir would taste like with backbone. A layered wine with many dimensions. Cellaring three to five years will bring out even more complexity. Ideal with pork roasts or grilled Italian sausage.

2015 Blue G*S*M, Rogue Valley
$ 30.00

95 points BevX.com

91 points Terroirist

 

G*S*M has become shorthand for the traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that is ubiquitous in Southern France.  However, this year our G*S*M includes a magical fourth variety. Our 2016 Troon Blue Label G*S*M, Rogue Valley is a blend of 39% Syrah, 32% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and... wait for it... 13% Sangiovese. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention and that was the case in our 2015 vintage as we did not have enough of the classic three varieties and so decided to top up the barrels with Sangiovese and the results speak for themselves in this unique and delicious wine. Your favorite steak can't wait to be served with this beauty.  

2015 Mayhem Syrah
$ 56.00

GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
5% off of a purchase of 6-11 bottles
10% off the purchase of a case.
$1.00 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more to CA
$9.99 shipping on all orders of 6 bottles or more shipped outside of CA

Tasting Notes

This deep-purple, inky, full-bodied Syrah was barrel fermented and hand racked for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new with a medium toast. The dark, rich, and deliciously intense fruit embodies the richness and full-bodied nose of violets, cured maple bacon, black raspberry jam, espresso, clove spice with hints of graphite and dark chocolate on the lengthy, elegant finish that will leave you wanting more.

Mayhem Syrah is outstanding alone or as a companion for full-bodied cheeses, salmon, swordfish, roasted hen, turkey, grilled and smoked meats.

 

Varietal: 87% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot,  1% Roussanne

Year: 2015

Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA

Alcohol: 14.1%

Limited Production – 150 Cases

GV Cellars 2012 Super Rosso Red Blend Solano County Green Valley
$ 25.68

Inspired by wine makers of Tuscany, our Super Rosso is a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This well-structured, balanced wine shows attractive hints of red plum, Bing cherries and traces of graphite on the finish.

GV Cellars 2013 Queensland Solano County/ Green Valley
$ 29.96

This estate blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah - or Shiraz as the Aussies call it - has medium tannins and a robust structure. With a rustic nose of wet red bricks and a finish of graphite and currents, this southern hemisphere-styled wine will be a favorite with bolder dishes of lamb or beef.

GV Cellars 2014 BDX Red Blend Solano County
$ 32.24

This newest vintage of our Bordeaux-style red blend is 67% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petite Verdot with grapes daily coming from our estate vineyard. For this vintage, we stayed true to the varietals of the Bordeaux region with the addition of Napa Valley Petite Verdot. This wine has a rich, round texture and dark fruit complexity pleasing to those who enjoy a full bodied wine.

Oak Cliff Cellars Zin
$ 26.00

Silver Medal – 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
$20 flat fee shipping on purchases of 1-12 bottles

Tasting Notes

This proprietary blend marries the blue-black fruit of Petite Sirah with the brightness and elegance of Zinfandel. Petite Sirah provides big fruit and tannins, while the Zin provides the brightness and finesse of a lighter, more refined raspberry-strawberry notes and a lingering silky finish. The cab/merlot/cab franc provide more structure and depth. This wine is surprisingly quaffable and easily paired with a variety of foods.

Terroir

The grapes in this wine represent a marriage of the best from three vineyards in two counties – all at higher elevations and all benefiting from cool Pacific breezes at night. Petite Sirah grapes are from Amber View Vineyard in northern Lake County, while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc come from Wild Diamond Vineyard in the southern part of the County. The Petite Sirah has bigger tannins and dark, dense fruit while the Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc have softer tannins than many Napa Cab blends to the south. Both enjoy shorter than normal harvest periods but fully ripe fruit because of their vineyard elevations of over 2,000 feet. The Zinfandel from Firebrick Hill Vineyard to the west, however, enjoys a cooler climate and longer growing season, resulting in a more refined, layered fruit as evident in this wine’s long, silky finish.

Blend:                         75% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel, 5% Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc
Region:                       Lake County, California
Alcohol:                      14.5%

Limited Production - 241 Cases