Tin Roof Cellars Merlot California 2005
What a find this wine is! I knew nothing previously about Tin Roof, but this Merlot wildly exceeded my expectations. It has the elegant texture and feel (and even something of the flavor profile) of a good Bordeaux Superieur at about 1/3 the price. Nicely polished flavors of black cherry, currants, smoke, and subtle oak. Excellent balance - fruit, acid, tannin - with no components out of place. I've had any number of California Merlots that were a 3 - 5 times as expensive as this one but provided a lot less pleasure.Add winemaker's notes
Tin Roof is a brand of wine produced from fruit grown in the North and Central coast regions of California. These locations are known for their cooler climates, which give grapes the best opportunities to ripen evenly and fully. The wines are created using modern technology to heighten old world techniques. These are produced as value wines at an accessible price point.
What a find this wine is! I knew nothing previously about Tin Roof, but this Merlot wildly exceeded my expectations. It has the elegant texture and feel (and even something of the flavor profile) of a good Bordeaux Superieur at about 1/3 the price. Nicely polished flavors of black cherry, currants, smoke, and subtle oak. Excellent balance - fruit, acid, tannin - with no components out of place. I've had any number of California Merlots that were a 3 - 5 times as expensive as this one but provided a lot less pleasure.
Despite this having a 90 rating from WE, I hated it. There was a slight fragrance of raspberry, which was good. Took a sip and there was a split second of cherries in the beginning that made you hope for something good. But very soon after, it becomes sour, sour cherries, then very strong tannic, oaky, bitter tastes that is quite persistent. It is so pronounced that even while eating an asian chicken dish with coconut milk, I still taste the bitterness of the wine on the back part of my tongue. I later took some aged parmesan cheese to see it this can at least be a good food accompaniment - and it disappoints. I let it breathe, and it just fell apart more - the fruity beginnings gone, only the sourness and bitterness left. I am beginning to find that if I want an economical red, Napa Valley is not a good choice. For this price point, I have had much better success with French (Southern France, for example) or Australian wines.
Light, easy sipping wine. Light tannins, great value wine. This wine scored a 90 by W.E. I would have to agree.
A fine everyday wine, just nothing special
Most fav merlot i've drank, smooth soft finish
not bad,,.... its a little sharp but would be a good buy at 8.50. Gives me heartburn.
The '05 was our house red while it was still available. At $10/ea it was a wonderful table wine that wouldn't be out of place in a blind test against $30 bottles. The '06 is every bit as good, if not a bit bolder. I can't pretend price is not an issue, but at the price point, it's a steal!
External Reviews for Tin Roof Cellars Merlot California
Tin Roof 2005 Merlot Wine is a classic plush texture and delicious black cherry and plum flavors make our sumptuous Merlot both delicious on its own and a versatile food wine. Enjoy it with beef, lamb, roast duck with cherry sauce, red-sauce pastas,
Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 90I found myself returning to this Merlot again and again, because it's such a good, gentle, easy sipper. It's a pleasure to drink one that's so nicely dry and balanced. Does a great job balancing ripe berry and stone fruits with earthy herbs and spices. Sommeliers and restaurateurs, scoop this one up while you can.Wine Tasting NotesOur Merlot offers ripe, luscious black cherry and plum fruit aromas and flavors characteristic of the Merlot variety, enhanced by hints of tobacco, herbal spice and chocolate. With smooth, supple tannins and a long, rich finish, it pairs especially well with grilled red meats, herb-roasted chicken, pork chops, red-sauced pastas and flavorful hard cheeses.