Wine Name/Vineyard: Meritage
Wine Category: Meritage
Grape blend: Bordeaux Style Blend
Region: North Coast
State or country: California
ABV: 13.8 %
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 85 points
Review date: October 11, 2020
About the Winemaker: Cambridge Cellars sources its grapes from around the North Coast of California. The name Meritage describes a Bordeaux (white or red) style wine that is produced outside of the Bordeaux region of France. So this wine is not only a blend of grapes, but it’s from a blend of regions, and it’s made from a blend of wine making styles (French and American of course).
Color: Persian Plum
Nose: Red apple, strawberry, fig, and oak.
Taste: Red Apple, Strawberry fruit roll-up, eucalyptus, with black pepper and oak on the finish.
Assessment: Cambridge Meritage has a nice nose and a nice palate. The sustained finish with spicy black pepper is particularly nice.
My overall impression is that the wine is disjointed. The full body this meritage offers isn’t befitting of the the rest of the profile; the wine coats your mouth, but the coating leaves more of an impression than the flavor does. There is a reserved (Oak) tannic presence, but the wine could benefit from a touch more acidity. Additionally, the texture leaves much to be desired.
The Barrel Cellar awards Cambridge California Cellars 85 points.
Pairing recommendation: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.