Meritage wine. Something I used to mispronounce at the start (Merit-auge), but knew I was in love with at first sip. A red Meritage wine is a blend of two or more Bordeaux grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère.  Today’s feature, Stoney Ridge Excellence Meritage 2014, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and is crafted by Niagara’s Stoney Ridge Winery.

Stoney Ridge Winery was founded in 1985 in a small barn in Stoney Creek.  Today, the winery is owned and operated by radio and television personality, Bob McCown and has moved to a stunning location in Vineland, Ontario. Little known fact; McCown is also part owner of the Mike Weir Winery.

Stoney Ridge Excellence Meritage 2014

On colour, the Stoney Ridge Excellence Meritage 2014 holds a ruby hue.  On the nose, raspberry, strawberry, licorice and celery root are noted.  On the palate, you’ll notice that this wine is fruit forward and accompanied with butterscotch, spice and incredibly smooth tannins over a long finish. If the above is not enough to convince you to try a bottle, you should know that it is also a dynamically food friendly wine.   We paired it with varied cheeses and a charcuterie board and instantly recognized the versatility in this Meritage wine.

Stoney Ridge Excellence Meritage 2014 is a great representation of the beauty of Meritage. Comfortably priced and accessible, this wine is a great introduction to the Meritage wine style.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $24.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5