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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

Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
(218) 724-8818

Bellisio's
Duluth
(218) 727-4921

Cash Wise Liquor - Duluth
Duluth
(218) 722-4507

Lunds & Byerly's - Eagan
Eagan
(651) 686-9669

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

Pittsburgh Blue - Edina
Edina
(952) 567-2700

Edina # 3 - Vernon
Edina
(952) 903-5740

Wine Republic
Excelsior
(952) 283-1058

Zellas
Hutchinson
(320) 587-9463

Pittsburgh Blue
Maple Grove
(763) 416-2663

Manny's Steakhouse
Minneapolis
(612) 339-9900

Lake Wine & Cheese
Minneapolis
(612) 242-0073

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

Loring Pasta Bar
Minneapolis
(612) 378-4849

Prima - Minneapolis
Minneapolis
(612) 827-7376

Lunds & Byerly's - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
(952) 541-1414

Brightwines.com
North St Paul
(651) 748-0793

Cub Wine & Spirits - Oakdale
Oakdale


Andy's - Marketplace
Rochester
(507) 535-7500

Andy's - Crossroads
Rochester
(507) 289-0777

The Wine Shop - Nicholas Barth
St Cloud
(320) 251-7733

Jennings Liquor
St Louis Park
(651) 346-1267

Westwood Liquors
St Louis Park
(952) 544-7878

Pool & Yacht Club
St Paul
(651) 455-3900

First Grand Liquors
St Paul
(651) 227-7039

Domacin Wine Bar
Stillwater
(651) 439-1352

Cub Wine & Spirits - Stillwate
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

Cub Wine & Spirits - Wbl
White Bear Lake


Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar
White Bear Lake
(651) 407-7317

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

 

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