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Red Rooster Winery Merlot Okanagan Valley Vqa Reserve 2006

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Opened 10 years ago by Swiss immigrants Beat and Prudence Mahrer, Red Rooster was acquired in 2005 by Andrew Peller Ltd., now the largest Canadian-owned wine company. Perhaps surprisingly, the corporate owners have continued to foster the irreverence of the Mahrers – for example, not only keeping a controversial sculpture of a nude male in the tasting room but having a second cast of the piece put on display elsewhere on the winery grounds. That interest in art extends to wine labels such as the Merlot Reserve, created by an Okanagan artist. Peller also brought new capital to the winery, including good new barrels. The 2005 Merlot Reserve clearly benefits from this, showing the toasty and vanilla notes of the quality French oak in which the wine was aged. Dark in colour, this wine is warm and generous with inviting aromas of currants and chocolate. It is rich on the palate, with flavours of black currants and cherries. The long, ripe tannins add to the wine’s richness on the palate. 88 points.

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Red Rooster Winery:
Perched high above Okanagan Lake, our winery is located among the rolling hills of Naramata Bench Road. Here we have the most inspiring views you could possibly imagine. Which is probably why we tend to look at things a little differently. Our engaging and, at times, offbeat approach gives a certain proud flair to everything we do. Not surprisingly, our wines consistently receive top honours ... Read more
Perched high above Okanagan Lake, our winery is located among the rolling hills of Naramata Bench Road. Here we have the most inspiring views you could possibly imagine. Which is probably why we tend to look at things a little differently. Our engaging and, at times, offbeat approach gives a certain proud flair to everything we do. Not surprisingly, our wines consistently receive top honours at major wine competitions around the world. There’s no finer place to be greeted with a glass of great wine. Located on picturesque Naramata Bench Road, our winery offers a wine experience that’s a short detour from the expected. For starters, you’ll notice art throughout the winery. And it’s not the kind you’d typically expect to see. The best example of this is Frank the Baggage Handler. Here you can learn about our wines. Well-crafted and premium, each is styled in the sort of approachable, engaging manner you’d expect from us. If you’d like more information about our approach to winemaking, you can visit our section that’s called, surprisingly, “Our Winemaking.” Our Whites: Bantam 2007, Riesling 2008, Gewürztraminer 2008, Pinot Blanc 2008, Pinot Gris 2008. Our Reds: Cabernet Merlot 2008 , Syrah 2008 ,Reserve Malbec 2008 , Reserve Merlot 2005 , Reserve Meritage 2007. Read less

External Reviews for Red Rooster Winery Merlot Okanagan Valley Vqa Reserve

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Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

Opened 10 years ago by Swiss immigrants Beat and Prudence Mahrer, Red Rooster was acquired in 2005 by Andrew Peller Ltd., now the largest Canadian-owned wine company. Perhaps surprisingly, the corporate owners have continued to foster the irreverence of the Mahrers – for example, not only keeping a controversial sculpture of a nude male in the tasting room but having a second cast of the piece put on display elsewhere on the winery grounds. That interest in art extends to wine labels such as the Merlot Reserve, created by an Okanagan artist. Peller also brought new capital to the winery, including good new barrels. The 2005 Merlot Reserve clearly benefits from this, showing the toasty and vanilla notes of the quality French oak in which the wine was aged. Dark in colour, this wine is warm and generous with inviting aromas of currants and chocolate. It is rich on the palate, with flavours of black currants and cherries. The long, ripe tannins add to the wine’s richness on the palate. 88 points.




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