Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for the 2006 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 well-drained 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.

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Red Rock Winery:
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.
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Member Reviews for Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve

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Snooth User: johjas
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4.00 5
08/27/2009

Very good for the low price. Let it breathe awhile for best taste.


Snooth User: lajollamom
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3.00 5
07/14/2009

Very good for the price, on sale at Albersons. Opened the bottle and drank right away.


Snooth User: hrratb
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3.00 5
03/16/2010

great for price. Nice jammy roundness, lovely color. Agree about letting it open for a bit. Not such a bully of a merlot.


Snooth User: jmsiii
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4.50 5
06/24/2011

Deep merlot for the price


Snooth User: Winemoran
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3.50 5
09/12/2009

Very good for price.


Snooth User: atonalprime
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2.50 5
10/01/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Red Rock Winery Merlot California Reserve

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
10/15/2009

Has great concentration of Black Cherry, plum and boysenberry fruits with a nice full-bodied middle and a long soft finish.


External Review
03/05/2009

A lush, jammy wine with blackberry and raspberry flavors complemented by soft, rounded tannins.



Tasting Notes:

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.

The grapes for the 2006 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 well-drained 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.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: .045 grams per liter Total Acidity: .054 grams per liter

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