Meritage, pronounced like "heritage" is a word used to distinguish wines that are made in the Bordeaux style principally from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, with lesser proportions of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.
Williamson Allure Meritage ®
Allure Meritage is a multiple Gold Medal winning seamless blend of the Nobel 5 Bordeaux varietals with not one varietal dominating. In the glass a lovely blackberry nose with alluring hints of plum and blackcurrant character. The palate offers a fresh although gently textured wine covering the ripe tannin that persist to the end very nicely with a depth, substance and richness. One can feel this wine unfolding, revealing layer upon layer of delicate flavor, then the surprise, taken into the mouth together with a complex, multi flavored food like lasagna, the whole experience sings.
About Allure Meritage ®
Using steak as a metaphor to describe the power scale of food and wine, Merlot equates to Filet Mignon, Cabernet Franc to Skirt Steak, Cabernet Sauvignon to New York or T-Bone and Malbec to Rib-Eye.
In the center of this scale is a middle ground with foods too soft for Cabernet Sauvignon and too complex or robust for Merlot. We needed to create a wine especially for these foods of which there were four categories, namely:
- Allure MERITAGE - Foods with soft texture, soft, complex flavors and a low spice level
- Clarissa VIN ROUGE - Foods with hard texture, soft flavor or soft texture, hard flavors and a medium spice level
- Entice CUVÉE - Foods with either hard or soft texture, hard flavors and a high spice level
- Ravish MÉLANGE - Foods with soft texture with hard flavors and a medium spice level
Foods like lasagna with a soft texture, soft, complex flavors and a low spice level are too hearty or complex for Merlot yet too soft for Cabernet. These foods need a soft yet complex wine so we created Allure Meritage. More . . .
Pairing Food with Allure Meritage ®
Allure shows blackberry on the nose with a touch of plum in the center pallet and wonderful smooth finish. It will work best paired with foods having the following characteristics.
- Texture – Soft to Medium
- Flavor - Complex, soft flavors
- Spice – Low spice content
- Loves – Parmesan Cheese
Perfect paired with lasagna, Osso Buco, Coq au vin, casserols and stews. More . . .
Background of "Meritage"
Meritage is a proprietary term used to denote Bordeaux-style wines without infringing on that region's legally protected designation of origin.
The Meritage Association was formed in 1988 by a small group of California vintners increasingly frustrated by U.S. BATF regulations stipulating wines contain at least 75% of a specific grape to be labeled as that varietal.
As interest grew in creating Bordeaux-style wines, which by their blended nature fail to qualify for varietal status, members sought to create a recognizable name for their high-quality blended wines.
Red Bordeaux is made principally from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, with lesser proportions of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. A red Meritage must be made from at least two of these grapes, with no varietal comprising more than 90% of the blend.