Pairing Meritage and Bordeaux Style Wines

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Tuscan Dust

Tuscany has truly mastered the Bordeaux blend. It started decades ago with the likes of Sassicaia and has gone through a number of transformations, from showing a perfect sense of place to over-oaked monsters. However, it is only recently that I feel you can find highly-enjoyable Bordeaux blends which truly speak of their Tuscan upbringing, while remaining at an exceptionally fair price.  

Pork Ragout was the easy choice for me with this pairing. The first time I enjoyed this wine was with a red sauce, and it simply needed more to balance out its suave and rich profile. The Pork Ragout did just that. In this pairing, it's the contrasting of intense rich fruit against sweet meat and herbs. Although this wine is big, there are masses of earth and Tuscan character that sing in harmony with pork. I would however opt to add this wine to the recipe instead of the Zinfandel that it recommends.

2007 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole Maremma Toscana IGT - The nose showed black cherries, cinnamon, mint and dark chocolate with a distinct earthy component. On the palate, it was full and velvety with ample weight balanced by zesty acidity. Flavors of rich black cherry, prunes, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf filled out the palate. The finish was long and fresh. This wine truly wowed me as its luxurious richness is so perfectly balanced and kept fresh by a combination of zesty acidity and fine tannin. It's drinking beautifully now, but it should continue to improve for a number of years.

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Pork Ragout
 

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  • Nice choice on the NY meritage. Dr. Frank in the Finger Lakes also does a nice one.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Thanks for the suggestion, I plan to make it out to the Finger Lakes this August.

    Apr 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM


  • If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Apr 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM


  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd imagine.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:11 AM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 6:47 AM


  • The Meritage on Long Island is also a very good wine. 2008 Paumanok vinyards in Jamesport produced an excellent vintage.

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM


  • Snooth User: messygonzo
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    If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Aug 02, 2013 at 5:49 AM


  • Snooth User: coltspam
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    fentastic

    Aug 02, 2013 at 11:50 PM


  • Snooth User: Mydietarea
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    Thats fantastic...

    Aug 03, 2013 at 1:51 AM


  • Thanks for the suggestion.

    Aug 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM


  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
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    nice


    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:23 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 06, 2013 at 1:02 PM


  • Snooth User: irategoal
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    Tremendous

    Sep 07, 2013 at 5:06 AM


  • good one

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:00 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:46 AM


  • Snooth User: knotbirds
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Oct 09, 2013 at 3:26 AM


  • Thats exceptional

    Oct 09, 2013 at 5:21 AM


  • Snooth User: burlypear
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    Thats superb

    Oct 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM


  • Snooth User: languidbox
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    If you want trip suggestions, let us know! We're Finger Lakes geeks :-)

    Oct 23, 2013 at 5:24 AM


  • Snooth User: wildunique
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    That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd imagine.

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM


  • Snooth User: poleerst
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    I have the '09 waiting to be tasted. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Nov 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM


  • Snooth User: purrflimsy
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    As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

    Nov 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM


  • The Meritage on Long Island is also a very good wine. 2008 Paumanok vinyards in Jamesport produced an excellent vintage.

    Dec 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM


  • As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

    Dec 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM


  • That 2008 Firebelle's a beaut, the 09' is very good too, will be best toward the end of the year I'd

    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
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    Incredible.

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:55 AM


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