The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2002

Merlot from New York, Other US

Item No. 96692
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

100% Merlot

Deep red almost black in color. The aroma bursts of ultra ripe fruit, cedar and fine leather. The air is filled with fruit of blackberry, plums and currents with some licorice. The Mouth-feel is lush, concentrated yet extremely elegant and classic. There are layers upon layers of ripe velvet tannins balanced by wonderful berry notes and supported with some toasty oak. The finish goes on and on with complex mocha, black chocolate and elegant sweet berry notes. This is a concentrated classic Merlot that has tremendous aging potential but is ripe and full to be enjoyed early on.

Critical Acclaim

"The nose is offered a stunning amalgamation of fresh plum, dried cranberries, soy, Syrah-like bacon fat, beef marrow, blood pudding, and iodine. Had I been told it were a 7-to-9-year-old Right Bank Bordeaux, I might well have believed it, and for all of its young age and its layered profundity, it is improbably drinkable. The palate is marked by expansive flavors of black and red fruits, mean, and minerals. The wine exhibits plushness and elegance, offering a seemingly paradoxical sense of weightlessness allied to enormous richness and palate saturation. Its finish is superbly long, with deep marrowy, minerally undertones, faint plum pit bitterness, and persistently bright, juicy, slightly tart berry fruit."
92 Points

Learn About The Grapes of Roth

Born in Rottweil, Germany to a winemaking family, Roman Roth"s appreciation for good wine began at an early age. In 1982, he began a three-year apprenticeship in winemaking, which involved practical work at the Kaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative in Oberrotweil and theoretical studies at the Berufsfachschule in Heilbron. In the summer of 1986 Roth traveled to the United States, ending up...

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Learn About New York

The Big Grape Beyond the bustling, concrete jungle we call New York City, there lies an entire state that is primarily agricultural and rural. Viticulture has long been a practice in New York, with the production of high quality wine steadily growing over the past few decades. The New York State wine industry is diverse, with plantings that range from native American species to...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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Winemaker's Notes Veteran winemaker Roman Roth's personal label built its reputation on merlot. This elegant, nuanced merlot features cherry, licorice, ...
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