2014 Trump Meritage Wine

2014 Trump Meritage Wine {review}

The other day we were out on a hiking adventure – and stopped at a liquor store on the way back to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner later in the day. I stumbled upon this bottle of 2014 Trump Meritage red wine.

Thinking it would be expensive – we just had to try it when we found out it was under $15. Despite the person at the store expressing doubt that it would be any good. One, because North Carolina isn’t known for good grape-growing conditions. And two, because they suspected someone “rich” like Trump didn’t become rich without “cutting corners.”

2014 Trump Meritage Wine Review

Here’s what Trump Winery has to say about it:

Our vines are sheltered in the foothills of Carter’s Mountain in the Blue Ridge, Virginia. The red varieties were planted on southern exposure slopes. The clay strata includes a significant proportion of rocks (shists from volcanic basalts mainly).

trump meritage red wine christmas gift ideaWinemaking Notes:
The grapes are hand-sorted and destemmed, then coldly macerated with their skins for 2-3 days at around 42-44° F (5-6°C). They are then fermented in stainless tanks at no more than 77°F (25°C), with 2-3 pump-overs a day to ensure maximum extraction from the skins. After alcoholic fermentation, the grapes experience an extended post maceration and malolactic fermentation. The free run and press wines are separated and aged in used French oak barrels for about 12 months.

Tasting Notes:
The Meritage 2014 is a Bordeaux-type blend that is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, and 11% Malbec. With a brilliant, intense ruby red color, this wine has a nose lightly toasted with dominant aromas of black cherry, currant, cocoa, and fresh herbs. This fresh, medium body wine is fruit forward, soft and approachable. The palate offers some spicy notes with soft supple tannins.

Various “wine-snob” publications gave good reviews too, like: Bronze – 2016 New York International Wine Competition, 87 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Silver – Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition, Bronze – Monticello Cup and “Commended” – Decanter Awards.

So how was the 2014 Trump Meritage?

We don’t offer the faux-sophistication when it comes to wine reviews. Most normal people don’t like them. Was the wine good? How bad was your hangover? Those are the things people need to hear.

So in a nutshell – yes, we liked the wine a lot. A friendly, clean taste. Some would argue that the “depth” left something to be desired, but I didn’t think so. And we felt fine the next day.

It’s 13.5% alcohol. Which leaves it on the lower-end of the “buzz for the bucks” scale. You can get a respectable 15% alcohol red blend (like Gnarly Head 1924) for under $10.

Will we buy again? Absolutely. Not every time, as we’re a bit frugal. However, I will certainly keep a few bottles unopened past the election in November. You never know – these things may command a premium price at some point in the future!

(Note #1: The Trump Winery is run by Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump).

(Note #2: The percentages on the bottle we drank were different. Some may actually like this blend better: 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Maybe because crop yields changed?)

2014 Trump Meritage Red Wine Blend Percentages

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North Carolina called and want you to retract this story – they would never stoop so low as to allow Trump to farm in the Tar Heel State. Trump’s winery is in Virginia, which is for lovers . . .


We bought more than a case when we found it. Mainly to have on election night for our party, but we tried a few bottles and liked it a lot.