Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve 2005
The grapes for the 2005 Merlot were de-stemmed but not crushed, leaving about 20% whole berries. This “Partial Whole Berry Fermentation” method was used to enhance the varietal character of the finished wine. The grapes were then fermented on the skins for five to seven days at a temperature of 88° F. The entire blend underwent Malolactic Fermentation to add complexity to the aroma and flavor and to ensure stability in the finished wine. Throughout the aging process, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah, and Syrah were blended into the evolving wine to add complexity, nuance, richness and finesse. The final blend was bottle aged for two months to ensure a smooth, pleasing wine. Merlot by nature is a soft, enjoyable wine with lush, plum-like flavors and notes of blackberry and cherry. The grape is naturally low in tannins with a smooth and velvety finish. It is no surprise then, that the Merlot grape, which originated in France, is still the most widely planted varietal in Bordeaux. With its introduction to California, where welldrained soils and warmer climates bring out the best in this early-maturing varietal, Merlot has yielded exceptional wines marked by natural balance, smooth tannins, and rich concentrations of fruit.
Over the past decade Red Rock has gained an enviable reputation for producing superb ultra premium wines. They are handcrafted on the estate from vines that creep up the side of a dormant volcano west of Geelong. The mineral-rich soil, low rainfall and cool climate result in a unique terroir which, when coupled with sensitive winemaking, yields distinctly individual wines with power and finesse.
Surprisingly tasty! Saw this on a display at local grocery store for $9, and the wine steward notes sounded good. Took to dinner party and it was met with positive reviews. Lots of smooth strawberry fruit, nice tannic structure. Not overbearing in any way. Could lay down for another 6 months-1 year and improve, but drinking quite well right now. Excellent - 88.
Drank with Kristina at Greek Cuisina. Went GREAT with our Greek food. Definite black cherry nose and flavors, detected by us both. Excellent - 88 points.
Very big flavor great for cookouts or just to have alone.
Food Pairings for Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve
In Red Rock Winery Merlot, lush concentrations of black cherry, plum and boysenberry are complemented by soft, rounded tannins. Body and flavor are perfectly matched and exquisitely balanced, achieving a delicate harmony found in only the finest wines. Red Rock Winery Merlot is an excellent match for a wide range of foods, particularly herbbased dishes, pasta, grilled meats and goat cheese.
|Alcohol: 13.87%||pH: 3.66|
|Sugar: .033 grams per liter||Total Acidity: .055 grams per liter|