Saturday, January 17, 2009
RED ROCK MERLOT 2006
The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Red Rock Merlot 2006 is a surprisingly good, almost-full-bodied Merlot that is easy on both the palate and the wallet. At 14% alcohol, it's not a wimpy, soft, cherry-laden Merlot like a lot of them at this price point ($8.99), due in some part to the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Its soft yes, but lush with velvety tannins and a dense jamminess that again, defies the price point. This is one of those times that flowery descriptions really don't cut it - you should really just try this wine.