Rh Phillips Merlot 2005
Our North Coast Merlot is produced primarily from grapes grown in carefully selected Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma County vineyards. The temperate, marine-influenced microclimates of these regions allow Merlot grapes to ripen slowly and evenly throughout the growing season, developing concentrated varietal flavors balanced by supple tannins and bright acidity. Winemaking After the grapes are crushed and destemmed, we cold-soak the juice at 55ºF for 24 hours before inoculating the juice with a cultured yeast strain to instigate fermentation. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 85ºF. for 7 to 10 days to fully extract color and flavor, before undergoing a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften acidity. The wine is aged 14 months in 59-gallon French and American oak barrels, 20% new, which softens and enriches its texture, adding a pleasing, toasted vanilla tone to its rich cherry and berry flavors. Winemaker's Note Our Merlot displays fragrant plum, cherry, and blackberry fruit aromas, with complementary scents of fresh herbs, vanilla, coffee, and toasted oak adding complexity. Medium-bodied and firmly structured on the palate, its fine depth of fruit and supple tannins make it both delightful on its own and a delicious accompaniment to food.
R.H. Phillips Winery, nestled in the Dunnigan Hills northwest of of Sacremento, was founded in 1983 by brothers Karl and John Giguiere along with John’s wife Lane. Twenty-eight years later the Giguiere’s continue to produce quality wine with the help of winemakers Blake Kuhn and Owen Smith. Known for their Toasted Head brand wines, the winery sits on 1,700 acres and is a favorite site for weddings and other special events.
Editorial Reviews for Rh Phillips Merlot
Very sharp bitter cocoa, red cherry, toast, and dried tarragon notes on the nose. This is decidedly medium bodied with a bright acid driven spice and soft tannins enmeshed in red, slight astringent fruits that recall cranberry and red currant more than they dark fruits typically associated with merlot. Fresh and crisp in the mouth if a touch austere with a light vanilla overlay that leads to a wild cherry finish with hints of graham cracker and white chocolate. I would not guess this to be merlot, but I like it for what it is. 87pts.