The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2005
Merlot from New York, Other US
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Veteran winemaker Roman Roth's personal label built its reputation on merlot. This elegant, nuanced merlot features cherry, licorice, tobacco, subtle dried herbs and graphite aromas and flavors.
"This red comes in a clumsy bottle, but the wine is supple and elegant, with expressive flavors of black cherry, anise, tobacco and mineral, supported by well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Harmonious, clean and long.Drink now through 2015. 121 cases made. "
"Incorporating 15% Malbec, Roth’s 2005 Merlot – from Schneider vineyards – smells of cardamom-tinged cassis, joined on a dense but texturally pliant palate by darkly-roasted coffee and nuts. Suggestions of salt and char add invigoration to an intense finish. This is more opaque and thicker than the corresponding 2004, with imposing ripeness but it is manifestly unresolved."
The Wine Advocate
"Big and brooding with richly concentrated black plums and velvety, mouth-filling tannins, Roman Roth’s namesake Merlot is boldly structured, but beautifully nuanced as well, with sprays of violet perfume and just a whiff of wet, earthy forest and dried herb notes. Drink now with a good decant, or hold for another 2–3 years."
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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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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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