Jason-Stephens Winery, Santa Clara Valley (Central Coast, California) Meritage 2014

($34):  While Jason-Stephens’ Cabernet and Merlot bottlings exhibit savory elements that complement their dark fruitiness, this bottling embraces bold fruitiness.  A ripe blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot (30%), with equal parts of Malbec, Carmenere, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it weighs in at 15.1 percent stated alcohol.  It’s a round boisterous wine that finishes with a hint of sweetness.  People who like that style with embrace it to accompany hearty fare this winter.  
86 Michael ApsteinDec 25, 2018