Art of Blending : The Makings of Meritage

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of The Meritage Association, who defines a “true” Meritage as a blend of two or more Bordeaux style grape varieties. Reds may be composed from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. White Meritage wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle, and Semillon. As in Bordeaux, all the varietals usually come from a single appellation. Sonoma County, where the components from where Lyeth wines are blended, boasts excellent terroir for cultivating the varietals used in Meritage wines, making it an outstanding place for California winemakers to explore the “noble” Bordeaux tradition.