Our Red Rock Reserve Merlot opens with aromas of caramelized sugar and vanilla, which are nicely balanced by jammy fruit flavors. Dark fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant overwhelm the palate, creating a well-rounded structure that leads to a smooth and velvety finish.
The 2013 vintage was outstanding in California. A wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights paved the way for full development of flavor in fruit that was generally harvested two to three weeks ahead of schedule, making it an early year. Occasional rain was minimal and generally followed by steady winds that dried the grapes, eliminating any potential issues from excessive moisture. Quality was enhanced by brief heat spells followed by cool days, allowing for development of dark, vibrant color and beautifully perfumed aromas in our Merlot fruit.
The grapes for our Merlot were destemmed and then fermented for five to ten days at a maximum temperature of 92°F. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel, adding complexity to the aromas and flavors and ensuring stability in the finished wine. The wine was aged on light lees for nine months prior to bottling and then bottle aged for two months prior to release.
Varietal Content: Merlot
Varietal Origin: California
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 0.55g/100ml
Residual Sugar: 0.65g/100ml
86 PTS - 2012 Red Rock Winery Merlot (Robert Parker Jr.)
This wine also received a Silver Award from 2014 Indy International Wine Competition, and a Silver award at the 2014 California State Farm Wine Competition.