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Trinchero meritage raises the wine bar

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This is the year to take your wine tasting to a new level and Trinchero Napa Valley’s Meritage is the elevation.

This Bordeaux-style blend ($50) is a classy blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc.

“This is my favorite wine to make because I get to choose from all our estates,” said winemaker Mario Monricell. “Cabernet is the backbone, merlot contributes to the mid-palate and the aromatics, petit verdot adds color and aromatics and cabernet franc elongates the finish. It starts with rich blackberry and huckleberry aromas with hints of mocha and cedar. Concentrated flavors of carmelized black cherry and black currant lead into an opulent and silky mouthfeel with a lingering finish.”

Located north of St. Helena, its 22 acres are carefully tended to bring the grapes to the optimum stage of concentration and quality.

The bottle is as weighty as the wine inside. The dark purple color in the glass is just a prelude to the rich aromas of ripe plum and violets. Chewy flavors of black currant with earthy notes of lush blackberry with a long finish of mocha. This selection is muscular with backbone to accompany rich dishes such as tomato laced pasta with Cajun sausage, prime rib and Roquefort grilled steak with portabella mushrooms.

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