A Costco find for something like $12 – I don't know if I've ever seen a Meritage for under $15, so let's take a look.
The nose on this one is tight – maybe some vague earthy qualities and berries, but I can't pinpoint much – after being open for a couple hours, I'm definitely getting some carob.
A nicely balanced wine to be sure – spice, fruit, and oak are all in good harmony here. A little bit of green pepper, some clove notes, bing cherry, and nice smooth smokey oak. Somewhat tannic at first but it really faded into a smooth, easy drinking wine after a few hours.
The finish presents some plum along with some linger sweet oak.
No issues at all with the $12 pricetag.