We drank the lovely if somewhat forgettable Crianza back to back with a Seven Stones blend. Not unlike some previous bottles which we’ve never reviewed, the Meritage was enjoyable, imperfect, provocative and spoke of terroir in a way the Similkameen seems to beat out the northern OK year by year.
So how did it play out against the highly prized Crianza, from, and I quote, “the world’s most admired wine brand”? I think if you don your impartial reviewer hat the Crianza is the better wine. I give it this: It has fewer flaws. And who doesn’t like a silky Tempranillo on a miserable autumn night? But like a high end suit tailored versus an off the rack that fits to a tee, the Meritage just holds your interest more, lingers on the tongue longer, and has a depth of flavour that is both captivating and a little frustrating, a few inches away from being a better blend. Now the Crainza rolls over the palate like toffee, smooth, a tad gristly, but pffft, it’s thin and ephemeral, and thus the disappointment.
Pricewise, the Crianza comes in at $27 before taxes and the Meritage $35 with taxes, so only a few dollars separate the two on the budget front. I guess, again, the Crianza is better value, but purely on a subjective level from a very personalized point of view Seven Stones rules.
Market Liquidity: Technically, once you have Robert Parker’s blessing, no market liquidity is required.