Top Rated White Meritage from Napa Valley

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

Meritage is a word used to distinguish wines that are made in the style of Bordeaux but without infringing on that region’s legally protected appellation. In the case of white Meritage, it is a blend that should have at least two grapes between Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Vert.

Here are some of the white Meritage from United States’ Napa Valley.

 white meritage napa valley

Arietta On The White Keys 2005 – Arietta’s first white wine, a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. It has bright pale yellow color, with complex and vibrant aromas of lemon drop, fresh fig, minerals, and crushed stone. Large-scaled but sharply delineated, with a strong rocky character of citrus, spice, and mineral flavors. Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar graded it with a score of 94 points, and costs around $55. Only 350 cases were produced, so better hurry.

 white meritage napa valley

Luna Freakout Reserve 2004 – This fascinating wine is broader and richer than your usual white wines. One might expect that of a wine with the mix of varieties and the oaky, buttery influences that show up. Full-bodied and certainly having a texture that is close to Chardonnay, this attractive effort can be considered a serious wine. Connoisseurs Guide to Wine graded it with a score of 91 points, and costs around $22.

 white meritage napa valley

Folie a Deux Menage a Trois White 2006 – The flowery aroma and luscious flavor of this three-variety blend are both titillating and satisfying. The bouquet explodes with notes of honeydew melon, strawberry, banana, and lemon grass. The mouth is rich, sultry and hedonistic. It is undeniably fruity, never woody. Costs around $14.