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Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus

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Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2009
 
Often mistaken as Mair-i-TAHJZ, Meritage is as American as apple pie and so said “Mer-i-tidge” -think of it rhyming with “heritage.” Meritage is an American take on French heritage at least so far as Bordelais traditions are concerned. In order for an American wine to be called Meritage it must be made from the same varieties allowed in Bordeaux. For red wines these include the Bordeaux five: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. For whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. The trademarked Meritage category was born of a LA Times competition in 1981 to coin a term to be used for American wines that emulate the Bordeaux approach. Beyond their ingredients, Meritage blends tend to show more balance and versatility at the dinner table and have thereby won over many who once swore by varietal wines. Using the best character from each constituent variety, Meritage has a lot more to offer than a crayola box varietal wine that bears a limited scope of flavor and complexity. Meritage has rightfully become part of our American heritage and we’re all the richer for it.

See previous vintage tasting notes

Food Pairings

This is a big structured wine that would work perfectly with a pepper-crusted grilled beef tenderloin or even a intensely flavored cheese like an aged New York Cheddar.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage.

Downtown Liquor
Alexandria
612-763-5404

Tournament Liquor - Blaine
Blaine
763-786-4992

Bellisio's
Duluth
218-727-4921

Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
218-724-8818

Cash Wise Liquor - Duluth
Duluth
218-722-4507

Lunds & Byerlys - Eagan
Eagan
651-686-9669

Edina # 3 - Vernon
Edina
952-903-5740

Mccormick & Schmick's - Edina
Edina
952-920-1142

Pittsburgh Blue - Edina
Edina
952-567-2700

Wine Republic
Excelsior
952-470-2220

Zellas
Hutchinson
320-587-9463

Pittsburgh Blue - Maple Grove
Maple Grove
763-416-2663

Lake Wine & Cheese
Minneapolis
612-242-0073

Manny's Steakhouse (w - Foshay)
Minneapolis
612-339-9900

Loring Pasta Bar
Minneapolis
612-378-4849

Mccormick & Schmick's - Mpls
Minneapolis
612-338-3300

Prima - Minneapolis
Minneapolis
612-827-7376

Lunds & Byerlys - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-541-1414

Brightwines.com
North Saint Paul
651-748-0793

Cub Wine & Spirits - Oakdale
Oakdale
651-739-3570

Andy's - Marketplace
Rochester
507-535-7500

Andy's - Crossroads
Rochester
507-289-0777

The Wine Shop - Nicholas Barth
Saint Cloud
320-251-7733

Westwood Liquors
Saint Louis Park
952-544-7878

First Grand Liquors
Saint Paul
651-227-7039

Pool & Yacht Club
Saint Paul
651-455-3900

Deb Yanker Black
Saint Paul
651-487-1212

Tom Lloyd
Saint Paul


Jennings Liquor
St Louis Park
651-346-1267

Domacin Wine Bar
Stillwater
651-439-1352

Cub Wine & Spirits - Stillwater
Stillwater
651-430-2350

West Side Liquor - Waite Park
Waite Park
320-253-9511

Gianni's
Wayzata
952-404-1100

Tonka Bottle Shop
Wayzata
952-473-5469

Cotroneo's Vino & Birra
White Bear Lake
651-429-7551

Cub Wine & Spirits - Wbl
White Bear Lake
651-777-6909

Acqua - White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake
651-407-7317

 

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