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Wine of the Week: Genesis Meritage 2007

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Meritage wines began as the American answer to Bordeaux.

The term (combining merit and heritage) was coined in 1988 by some American winemakers to highlight best of vintage blends and to distinguish them from table wines.

Meritage wines must be a blend of at least two of the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties. This wine from Hogue Cellars in Washington is merlot (49 percent), cabernet sauvignon (44), malbec (6) and cabernet franc (1).

The grapes were fermented and oak-aged separately before being blended and bottled.

The result is a delicious, smooth wine layered with red fruit and berry flavors and spice.

Sherry: “Raspberry, strawberry and touch of mint and rose on the finish.” 3-1/2 stars

Chris: “Notes of fig with flavors of strawberry and cherry and a finish of cocoa and mint.” 3-1/2 stars

Available locally for between $14 and $17.

Coming next week: Centine Toscana

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