A sweet and smooth red blend from Paso Robles, the Aldi Outlander Meritage.
The Outlander Meritage is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for just $7.49.
This Meritage of the Paso Robles appellation is a harmonious blend of Bordeaux style varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Merlot).
These wines are woven together to create a concentrated wine that boasts flavors of plum, blackberry, anise and hints of vanilla.
A perfect match with beef tenderloin, prime rib or pasta with red sauce.
"Meritage" sure has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? We're big fans of these wines but the term itself is really just marketing.
The name was created by the Meritage Alliance because Bordeaux style blends cannot be called that outside of Bordeaux (kind of like the whole Champagne thing.) Producers in California and elsewhere were looking for a way to distinguish these distinctive red blends without getting into a legal battle with France. As a result, they came up with the term "Meritage" (pronounced like "heritage" with an M).
The 2017 Outlander Meritage begins with pleasing aromas of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, cola and a little cedar.
Tasting reveals loads of bright cherry fruit that is a bit on the sweet side but juicy and smooth. This wine doesn't have the big oak flavors of the Outlander Cabernet but it is definitely sweeter. It also doesn't seem to come off as manufactured, it's just a really well-done rendition of an off-dry red blend.
Nice touches of baking spice and tobacco lead into the long finish of lingering sweet fruit. Fans of slightly sweet red blends should really enjoy this.