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2009 Merlot

2009 Merlot

About this Wine

Vineyards

Tin Roof 2009 Merlot was produced from a blend of North Coast and Central Coast grapes. Merlot thrives in these cool-climate regions, especially in moist alluvial soils where it develops the bright fruit and soft tannins that make the variety so appealing to premium wine lovers.

Winemaking

Boldly flavored, smoothly textured and unusually complex, Tin Roof wines are designed to please wine lovers seeking distinctive varietal character. Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, our 2009 Merlot was fermented in stainless steel tanks at warm temperatures to fully extract color, flavor and tannin, then aged in French and American oak to soften and mature its lush fruit flavors.

Winemaker's Notes

A soft and sultry Merlot with characteristics of dried berries and mint. Earthy and rich, this wine has a long, flavorful finish. With its smooth, supple tannins, it pairs especially well with grilled red meats, herb roasted chicken, pork chops, red-sauced pastas and flavorful hard cheeses.

Wine Specs

Varietal:
Merlot
Appellation:
California
Growing Region:
North Coast, Central Coast, Lodi
Fermentation:
Stainless steel
Oak Aging:
French & American oak
Alcohol:
13.4%
TA:
0.56g per 100ml
pH:
3.49

Current Vintage Accolades - 2009

Gold Medal / 93 Points

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

88 Points / Tasting Panel Magazine

“Smooth, lush and deep with plum, black raspberry and lively acid structure; silky, vibrant and balanced with style and good length.”

Recommended / The Frugal Tasters

“Enjoyable flavors of cherry, cranberry, and eucalyptus...wonderful balance of fruit and earth...good depth and structure...great all on its own...tasty, simple, and budget-friendly.”

3+ Stars / Spirit of Wine

“Far richer, bolder, robust and aromatic than ever imagined; they bring a big, burly, fresh, velvet-based style that feels slightly sweet and plenty rich on the palate, showing figs and red berries. Nice slow fade to a clean, creamy finish. Big best value.”

86 Points / Intoxicology Report

“Plush and intricate, with layers of black cherry, cassis and wild berry framed by spice and delicate tannins.”

Unfiltered, Unfined

“An inexpensive, crowd-pleasing red. There are elements of black raspberry and plum on the nose. The texture is classically smooth and plush, with rich dark chocolate and red fruit flavors.”

Wine Chixs

“A sultry Merlot with characteristics of dried berries and a hint of mint. Earthy and rich, this wine has a long, flavorful finish.”

Examiner.com

“Earthy and nicely intense with smooth, soft tannins on a long somewhat spicy finish.”

85 Points / Ken's Wine Guide

“This ruby colored Merlot opens with a mild red currant and gentle black cherry bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild black currant with hints of sour cherry, black pepper, cranberry and a touch of oak. The finish is dry and mild tannins stick around for a little bit.”

Silver Medal

Dallas Morning News Wine Competition

Silver Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal

Sunset International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal / 87 Pts

California State Fair Wine Competition