Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 327,234 strong:

Register Today!

Pelee Island Winery Meritage 2010 Wine Review

Pelee Island Winery Meritage 2010

Pelee Island Winery Meritage 2010

Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Ontario VQA, Canada

Community Score:87/100

Community Reviews: 10

  Add My Review

Price: $24.95

Drink: 2015-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Pelee Island Winery

Agent: Pelee Island Winery

Natalie's Score: 87/100

Robust and tannic red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from southwestern Ontario. Needs some cellar time (2010 was a good vintage) and decant one hour. Try it with prime rib.

Meritage food pairings: tender cut of prime rib.

This Pelee Island Winery Meritage 2010 was reviewed on June 18, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2016  2012  2012  2015  2012 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

  • 612994
  • $23.57 
  • Check Stock

Reviews and Ratings

Chris Coughlin - WSET level 3 grad rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Good example of what sort of wines can be made in the Ontario climate. With aromas and flavours of: raspberry, blackberry, tabacco and some white pepper this Meritage from Pelee Island will not disappoint.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Lots of wine-makers aromas here; cigar box, leather, vanilla, herbs and spices as well as black cherry. The taste is cherry and vanilla with some soft tannins and a long cherry and spice finish. An excellent wine with roast beef.
Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Red currant / raspberries / savory herbs / earthy / medium body and soft tannins

Meatloaf! Not the singer!
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Very distinct oak barrel notes on this meritage blend. There is rich berry aromas and flavours with a lift of eucalytus and the smokey-vanilla finish from toasty oak barrel. Silky. Would go well with tender beef tenderloin medallions.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Red fruit and oak on the nose. Flavors of raspberry, red currant, earth, dill and tobacco.
Tania Thomas - CSW, WSET ADV rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

This delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc comes from Canada’s southernmost point of Pelee Island. The island’s unique microclimate with a few frost days and plenty of sunshine year round allows for full ripening of these Bordeaux varietals. Full bodied, rich and juicy, it is bursting with aromas and flavours of black raspberries and blackcurrants. Great structure and bold tannins, just starting to soften. Hints of tobacco and chocolate on a long lingering finish. Excellent paired with grilled beef or lamb.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

A clear garnet red wine with aromas of cedar and red berries. The palate give blueberries and tobacco flavours. Medium-bodied.
Great to serve with beef stir-fry.
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers up ripe raspberry, currants, tobacco and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. Nice depth and concentration, with a medium-full body and ripe, chewy tannins. Touch of dried cranberry on the finish. Source: Vintages Wine Panel, Nov. 2012
The Vinedressers
In 1891 , Captain J.S Hamilton, the president of Pelee Island Wine Company and J.S Hamilton & Co., Began construction of a three story building with the tone being quarried from the island. Named the Wine House, it was located on five acres of land near the West dock on Pelee Island. The press was located on the third floor and the juice was channeled to the five thousand litre oak casks in the cellar of the Wine House.

With Vin Villa Vineyards (1865) already well established. and along with the Wine House, the new century began with a strong winemaking spirit on the island.

This wine will continue the tradition of excellence which began with the "Vinedressers" of Pelee Island Winery, to shine into the next millennium.

This wine is aged for 16 months in French and Hungarian barrique barrels.

Wine Description
This Meritage is a classical blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in French and Hungarian barrique barrels, this is a full bodied wine with a lot of character.

Wine Maker’s Notes:
While strolling through the vineyards taking a look at the progress of our grapes, we decided that it was high time to add another premium brand to our line of Vinedresser Series wines. Seeing as we had enough matured fruit on vines that had been planted for fifteen years or so, we hand selected the grapes and came up with a wonderful blend idea.
We would try our hand at a Bordeleaux blend known widely as Meritage. This vintage has excellent aging potential that we expect will continue well beyond 2006.

Food Recommendations
One sip of this wine and you’ll see why it deserves such a prestigious
name. A wine this rich and flavourful would be excellent served at room temperature with tender cut of prime rib or all on its own.

Additional Information
Years ago, in an international contest to name the distinct blend of “Meritage,” the name was chosen as a word that combined “merit” and “heritage” to reflect the spirit of the members of The Meritage Association.

Technical Data
Grape Composition:
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Cabernet Franc
25% Merlot
Brix: 21.4°
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 2 g/L
Available In: 750 ml
Sugar Code: (0)

If you liked the Pelee Island Winery Meritage 2010, you might also like these wines:



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Small Gully Red Wine
Shiraz 2019,
Barossa Valley, South Australia ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 327,234 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award