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The Bordeaux blend is world famous and “first growths” from Bordeaux (France) are the most expensive wines in the world. Not surprisingly, winemakers in New World regions such as California, Washington state and Chile have recognized centuries old tradition of blending. But unable to call their wine Bordeaux, the label on New World blends says “red blend” or “table wine”.

Searching for an identity, Napa winemakers formed the Meritage Alliance and  their first order of business was the trademark name Meritage (rhymes with heritage). Meritage wines must have at least two of the Bordeaux blend varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  But wineries must pay a license fee to use Meritage mark so  boring titles like “red blend” and “table wine” are still used.

TREFETHEN Double T 2016 |
Napa Valley, California | $19 |
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc|
Winemaker Notes: “For this lovely blend, Cabernet Sauvignon provides backbone and Malbec brings color, red fruit characters and a hint of floral. Petit Verdot adds structure. Merlot adds a lively spice and herbal character with Cabernet Franc offering finesse and a peppery perfume. This wine has fragrant aromas of cherry, cracked pepper, and toasted oak. The palate delivers flavors of berries with rich chocolate and savory spices on the finish.”

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