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."