Rombauer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2002

Member Review by Primat44:

I purchased this wine at the vineyard, after tasting it and really loving it. It was not a cheap bottle ($75!), and I bought it for a special occasion. We opened the wine this weekend, let it sit in the decanter for a bit, and drank up with dinner... but honestly, that same "wow" that made me plunk down the money wasn't there. The fruit wasn't as intense, the finish not as smooth. While better than 2 buck chuck... it wasn't 50 buck duck, (or whatever would go with rombauer and $75).

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Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of... Read more
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: Molecular Biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class, however, not convinced with the path he was laying down for himself, Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do. He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious ‘The University of Adelaide’. After graduating in 2003, he then set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including: Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour. He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for a single harvest. However, Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie now assumes the position of Rombauer’s Winemaker. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches. Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for rock climbing. Read less

Member Reviews for Rombauer Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Primat44
335230
3.50 5
10/29/2007

I purchased this wine at the vineyard, after tasting it and really loving it. It was not a cheap bottle ($75!), and I bought it for a special occasion. We opened the wine this weekend, let it sit in the decanter for a bit, and drank up with dinner... but honestly, that same "wow" that made me plunk down the money wasn't there. The fruit wasn't as intense, the finish not as smooth. While better than 2 buck chuck... it wasn't 50 buck duck, (or whatever would go with rombauer and $75).


Snooth User: Paulie
4532826
2.00 5
03/10/2008

I have hand an issue with bottle variation on Rombauer wines. I had some 2002 that were just bad. Not corked, but not in balance, under ripe fruit. acidity. I love the stuff when it is right.


Snooth User: guitar85ax7
4492139
4.00 5
03/04/2008

Four glasses




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