Monday, July 6, 2009

Blue Jeans Meritage Red, NV

California Meritage wines are presumably Bordeaux blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and perhaps some Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot. This Blue Jeans red is not that type of Meritage wine but clearly a wine for casual drinking. The blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc from a number of California locations. It reminds me a bit of the Menage a Trois from Folie au Deux.

What I liked about Blue Jeans red was the racy acidity, presumably from the Cab Franc. It's a lively wine that was a good accompaniment for the grilled salmon with pesto I ordered from the River Lake Inn near Colon, Michigan. And it would match up even better with steak, prime rib or ribs

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