This week’s wine of the week is a Meritage pronounced like “Heritage”. I chose the Kirkland, Napa Valley 2013 Meritage, which was cellared and bottle by DC Flynt MW Selections, Hopland, California (Mendocino) AVA. It is a classic style Bordeaux blend with 61% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot. The wine has 14.5% alcohol and a beautiful garnet color. The nose showcased notes of earth and dark fruit. The palate was powerful and fruit forward with flavors of oak, dark cherry, plum, earth and berries. The tannins were smooth and velvety and the finish ran around 38 seconds.
I found it extremely difficult to pair this wine. It should have gone well with my steak, but the flavor was way too overpowering, competing with the meat and not in the least bit complementary. It would probably work better with a strong cheese. I’ve had some great Bordeaux blends that are predominately Merlot and this did not do the blend justice.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.