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Col Solare Red Wine 2009
The whole meritage category came about so California winemakers could put a Bordeaux style blend in a bottle. None of the varietals were of a high enough percentage to qualify as cabernet or merlot so they made up a word: merit + heritage = meritage, which now has legal status and is trademarked. For more of Bill Coy's wine picks, go to mspmag.com/dining. This month’s wines available at Tonka Bottle Shop, 17616 Minnetonka Blvd., Wayzata, 952-473-5469, tonkabottleshop.com.
Giguiere Family Matchbook Tinto Rey 2010 (Yolo County, CA) $11.98
Blend of tempranillo, syrah, graciano, cabernet, and tannat
This wine, made by high school sweethearts, is a California blend with grape varieties that originated in France and Spain. It is full of blueberry, spice, oak, and a cool chocolate espresso note on the finish. Try it with hanger steak and grilled onions.
Col Solare Red Wine 2009 (Columbia Valley, WA) $59.99
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and malbec
The Columbia Valley is the best place in our country to grow cabernet sauvignon and all of cab’s friends (merlot, cabernet franc, and malbec). It is a true Bordeaux blend but no one is going to call it by that name. Big, rich, and very elegant, this is a world-class wine with layers of berry fruit, tobacco, and cedar, and balanced with soft tannins.