Childress Vineyards Pinnacle Meritage

Recommendation: Not recommended

Winery/Producer: Childress Vineyards; Lexington, North Carolina

Grape Variety: Meritage blend: 64% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

Geographic Origin: North Carolina

Vintage: None provided

Price: $14.99

Purchased From: The Village Tavern Wine Paring Dinner; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pared With: 1st Tasting: Grilled chicken (mild barbecue sauce), baked potatoes with chives, asparagus and peas. 2nd Tasting: Salad with parmesan cheese


    He said: 1st Tasting: Dark brick red color. Ripe cherry and fruity bouquet. Sour cherry taste and a medium dry oak finish. For a North Carolina red wine it was pretty easy drinking!!! The balance of flavor and a strong acid finish give it character. Not great, and it’s expensive for what you get…we’ll see how the second bottle goes before we recommend it.

    2nd Tasting: The second bottle was not any better and at $14.99 would not recommend it.

    She said: 1st Tasting: Dark red color with hints of brick red. I am always suspicious of wine that has no vintage, so I had low expectations. The bouquet is strong and flavorful and so is the taste but the wine lacks body and has a thin acidic finish. The wine is dry and the tannins are moderate. Not a bad wine but there are other reds at this price I like better.

    2nd Tasting:Hoped that the second bottle of this would play out better but, alas, it did not. Sharp cheddar was pleasant with the acidity but the thin watery body and sharpness remained.