Roustabout Meritage 2013

Here is another of those red wines I had recently.  It was an interesting blend – a Meritage – using grape varieties common in red blends from the Bordeaux region in France.  In fact, Meritage is a name invented by American wine growers as a way of recognizing their efforts to make New World wines in the Bordeaux tradition.  According to, “A Red Meritage is a blend of two or more of the red “noble” Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère.  If the blend includes any other grape variety, it is, by definition, not a Meritage.”  This particular selection was made from 49% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.

Winemaker: Roustabout
Wine: Meritage
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The color of this Roustabout was a very dark red with a nose of dusty berries and turpentine.  Acidity was quite bright, tannins were moderate, and alcohol was at 13.8%.  Flavors were dark but not heavy – dark berries, cedar, pepper, a touch of sweet cola and a rubber not near the finish.  I liked it, especially given the price.  Good for sipping or serving with a casual meat dish.  I’ll definitely be headed back to the store for more.  In fact, I’m in search of a wine to serve for a family style birthday celebration at a BYOB Italian restaurant.  It’s a candidate for sure.

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