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Top Rated Meritage and Bordeaux-Style Blends

JUSTIN Vineyards in Paso Robles, California


Meritage wines are like Bordeaux in every respect but terroir. Whereas Bordeaux wines must be made from grapes grown in the Bordeaux region of France, Meritage can be produced anywhere that traditional Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) are grown. Read our list of the best red Meritage wines that we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.



Vérité Winery
1999 La Muse
Sonoma County, CA
18/20
$100

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Vérité Winery
2000 La Joie
Sonoma County, CA
17.5/20
$100

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Abreu
2007 Madrona Ranch
Napa Valley, CA
17/20
$525

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Colgin Cellars
2003 Cariad
Napa Valley, CA
16.5/20
$600

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Blackbird Vineyards
2010 Arise
Napa Valley, CA
15.5/20
$50

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DAOU Vineyards & Winery
2010 Estate Soul of a Lion
Paso Robles, CA
15.5/20
$100

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Justin Vineyards
2005 Isosceles Reserve
Paso Robles, CA
15.5/20
$95

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Montes Alpha
2004 M
Santa Cruz, Chile
15.5/20
$95

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Moraga Vineyards
2005 Red
Los Angeles, CA
15.5/20
$125

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Mount Veeder Winery
2004 Reserve Red Wine
Napa Valley, CA
15.5/20
$80

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Opus One
Overture Red Wine
Napa Valley, CA
15.5/20
$80

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Cain Vineyard & Winery
Cain Cuvée
Napa Valley, CA
15/20
$28

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Charles Krug
2008 Family Reserve Generations
Napa Valley, CA
15/20
$50

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Cosentino Winery
2003 "The Poet" Meritage
Napa Valley, CA
15/20
$100

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Cru Vin Dogs
2006 "Lucky" Portrait Series Cabernet-Merlot
North Coast, CA
15/20
$26

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Ernie Els
2005 Red Blend
Stellenbosch, South Africa
15/20
$37

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Kristian Story Wines
2006 NapaOne
Napa Valley, CA
15/20
$60

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Marchesi di Frescobaldi
2008 Mormoreto
Tuscany, Italy
15/20
$75

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Nicholas Cole Cellars
2004 Camille
Columbia Valley, Washington
15/20
$48

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Schweiger Vineyards
2008 Dedication
Napa Valley, CA
15/20
$85

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Susana Balbo
2008 Brioso
Mendoza, Argentina
15/20
$45

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Avondale
Green Duck – The Duke 2005
South Africa
14.5/20
$19

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Buty
2009 64% Merlot & 36% Cabernet Franc
Walla Walla Valley, Washington
14.5/20
$40

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Chappellet
2010 Cervantes Mountain Cuvée
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$32

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Franciscan Estate
2006 Magnificat Red Wine
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$50

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Gemstone
2009 Estate Red Wine
Yountville, CA
14.5/20
$80

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Grace Vineyards
2008 Chairman's Reserve
Shanxi, China
14.5/20
$130

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The Goats Do Roam Wine Company
2005 Bored Doe
South Africa
14.5/20
$10

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Krupp Brothers
2005 Veraison Synchrony
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20

$60

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Spring Valley Vineyard
2008 Uriah Red Wine
Walla Walla Valley, Washington
14.5/20
$50

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Donati Family Vineyard
2005 Claret Estate Vineyard Paicines
Paicines, CA
14/20
$22

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Gorman Winery
2
006 Zachary's Ladder
Columbia Valley, Washington
14/20
$31

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Justin Vineyards & Winery
2006 Justification
Paso Robles, CA
14/20
$45

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Viña Robles
2008 Suendero
Paso Robles, CA
14/20
$49

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Manatawny Creek Winery
2010 Meritage
Berks County, Pennsylvania
13.5/20
$22

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Seven Hills
2006 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Vintage Red Wine
Red Mountain, Washington
13.5/20

$32

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