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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 2017 Right Bank Blend
Arrow & Branch 2017 Right Bank Blend
Price: $149.95
Behrens & Hitchcock 2018 The Change Up Red Wine Napa Valley
Behrens & Hitchcock 2018 The Change Up Red Wine Napa Valley
Price: $139.99
Behrens Family 2015 Labor of Love Red Wine
Behrens Family 2015 Labor of Love Red Wine
Price: $125.95
Behrens Family The Road Les Traveled V California Red Wine
Behrens Family The Road Les Traveled V California Red Wine
Price: $38.95
Dancing Hares 2018
Dancing Hares 2018 "Mad Hatter" Red Blend Napa Valley
Price: $49.99
Ehlers Estate 2016 Portrait Red Blend Napa Valley
Ehlers Estate 2016 Portrait Red Blend Napa Valley
Price: $64.95
Law Estate 2017 Aspire Red Blend Paso Robles
Law Estate 2017 Aspire Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $79.95
Law Estate 2018 Audacious Red Blend Paso Robles
Law Estate 2018 Audacious Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $84.95
Law Estate 2018 Beguiling Red Blend Paso Robles
Law Estate 2018 Beguiling Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $84.95
Law Estate 2018 Sagacious Red Blend Paso Robles
Law Estate 2018 Sagacious Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $84.95
Leviathan 2018 California Red Wine
Leviathan 2018 California Red Wine
Price: $39.95
Orin Swift Cellars 2019 Papillon Napa Valley
Orin Swift Cellars 2019 Papillon Napa Valley
Price: $75.95
Orin Swift Cellars 2020 Abstract Red Blend
Orin Swift Cellars 2020 Abstract Red Blend
Price: $39.95
Patria 2019 Avoyelles Red Wine
Patria 2019 Avoyelles Red Wine
Price: $154.95
Robert Foley Vineyards 2015 Claret Napa Valley
Robert Foley Vineyards 2015 Claret Napa Valley
Price: $129.95
Robert Foley Vineyards 2017 The Griffin Red Blend Napa Valley
Robert Foley Vineyards 2017 The Griffin Red Blend Napa Valley
Price: $44.95
Talley 2017 Bishop's Peak Elevation Red Blend Paso Robles
Talley 2017 Bishop's Peak Elevation Red Blend Paso Robles
Price: $26.95
The Prisoner 2019 Napa Valley
The Prisoner 2019 Napa Valley
Price: $45.95
Treana 2018 Red Wine Paso Robles
Treana 2018 Red Wine Paso Robles
Price: $36.95
Tuck Beckstoffer 2017 Dancing Hares Red Wine Napa Valley
Tuck Beckstoffer 2017 Dancing Hares Red Wine Napa Valley
Price: $149.95
 
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