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Blend/Claret/Meritage

Meritage is a proprietary term used to denote red and white Bordeaux-style wines without infringing on the Bordeaux region’s legally protected designation of origin. Winemakers must license the Meritage trademark from its owner, the California-based Meritage Alliance. Member wineries are found principally in the United Sates, though increasingly elsewhere. The Meritage agreement stipulates the blends that can be labeled “Meritage”, a fee per case and various labeling restrictions. A red Meritage must be made from at least two of these grapes, Cabernet and Merlot, with no varietal comprising more than 90% of the blend. White Meritage is a blend of at least two of the principal white Bordeaux grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The production is limited to no more than 25,000 cases in a winery.

Claret derives from the French  “clairet”  a now uncommon dark rose and the most common wine exported from Bordeaux until the 18th century. Claret is occasionally used in the United States as a semi-generic label for red wine in the style of the Bordeaux, ideally authentic to the region. The French themselves do not use the term, except for export purposes. The color “claret” resembles the red hue of Bordeaux wine. It has become a slang term for blood as in “tapping the claret” meaning giving someone a bloody nose. The standard style of Bordeaux wine has not always been deep red.


 
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Arrow & Branch 2013 Napa Valley Red
Arrow & Branch 2013 Napa Valley Red
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Behrens & Hitchcock 2013 Saint Fumee California Red Wine
Behrens & Hitchcock 2013 Saint Fumee California Red Wine
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Behrens & Hitchcock 2014 The ChangeUp Red Wine Napa Valley
Behrens & Hitchcock 2014 The ChangeUp Red Wine Napa Valley
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Behrens Family 2013 Homeland Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Behrens Family 2013 Homeland Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Price: $76.95
Behrens Family 2015 Labor of Love Red Wine
Behrens Family 2015 Labor of Love Red Wine
Price: $119.95
Behrens Family 2016 The Passenger Petite Sirah
Behrens Family 2016 The Passenger Petite Sirah
Price: $52.95
Branham Estate 2013 Jazz Napa Valley
Branham Estate 2013 Jazz Napa Valley
Price: $23.95
Branham Estate Jazz Napa Valley 2014
Branham Estate Jazz Napa Valley 2014
Price: $22.95
Dancing Hares 2015
Dancing Hares 2015 "Mad Hatter" Red Blend Napa Valley
Price: $59.95
David Arthur Vineyards 2013 Meritaggio Napa Valley
David Arthur Vineyards 2013 Meritaggio Napa Valley
Price: $56.95
Freemark Abbey 2013 Fiftieth Reserve Red Wine Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Freemark Abbey 2013 Fiftieth Reserve Red Wine Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
Price: $78.95
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2013 Bordeaux Blend Mendoza Argentina
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2013 Bordeaux Blend Mendoza Argentina
Price: $94.95
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2013 Bordeaux Blend Mendoza Argentina (COPY)
Nicolas Catena Zapata 2013 Bordeaux Blend Mendoza Argentina (COPY)
Price: $94.95
Orin Swift Cellars 2016 Papillon Napa Valley
Orin Swift Cellars 2016 Papillon Napa Valley
Price: $64.95
Robert Foley Vineyards 2014 The Griffin Red Blend Napa Valley
Robert Foley Vineyards 2014 The Griffin Red Blend Napa Valley
Price: $39.95
Solid 2012 Proprietary Red California
Solid 2012 Proprietary Red California
Price: $25.95
Star Angel Aurelio's Selection 2007 Paso Robles Blend
Star Angel Aurelio's Selection 2007 Paso Robles Blend
Price: $49.95
Talley 2015 Bishop's Peak Elevation Red Blend Paso Robles
Talley 2015 Bishop's Peak Elevation Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $24.95
The Prisoner 2015 Cuttings Napa Valley
The Prisoner 2015 Cuttings Napa Valley
Price: $49.95
The Prisoner 2017 Napa Valley
The Prisoner 2017 Napa Valley
Price: $43.95
 
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