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Meritage is a trademarked name for American red wines made from blends of Bordeaux grapes. Most Meritage winemakers are located in California, many of them in the famous Napa Valley. One of the best known Meritage wines is Opus One. Suggested food pairings include Steak, Lamb, and Game.
Meritage is a marketing term. Two examples of such wines are the Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Meritage at about $15 a bottle that claims cassusm blackberry, plum, strawberry, and even cranberry tastes. This wine has won gold medals competing with others in its price class. The Langtry Meritage Red Wine at about $40 is quite complex and rich with nice acidity and ripe cherry flavors. The Joseph Phelps Insignia was Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year for 2005. What more can I say except that you'll pay about $150 a bottle. And you can age it for about twelve to twenty years.