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.