Tin Roof Merlot 2005
Merlot from California
A classic plush texture and delicious black cherry and plum flavors make our sumptuous Merlot both delicious on its own and a versatile food wine. Enjoy it with beef, lamb, roast duck with cherry sauce, red-sauce pastas, black olive and mushroom pizzas, and soft-ripening cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast - "I found myself returning to this Merlot again and again, because it’s such a good, gentle, easy sipper. It’s a pleasure to drink one that’s so nicely dry and balanced. Does a great job balancing ripe berry and stone fruits with earthy herbs and spices. Sommeliers and restaurateurs, scoop this one up while you can."
Tin Roof Winery
Tin Roof Cellars is both a collection of fine wines and a state of mind, a special place to which wine lovers can escape to enjoy relaxing times, old-fashioned quality, and modern good taste and style. Our delicious, handcrafted wines are produced from California's finest North and Central Coast grapes. Boldly flavored, smoothly textured, and unusually complex, our wines are styled to delight consumers seeking distinctive varietal character with subtle oak flavors. They're rich, but refined, fruit-forward, but complex – wines to share with your friends under the roof. Enjoy! View all Tin Roof Wines
About Other CaliforniaView a map of Other California wineries
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 5 Stars: 14
- 4 Stars: 14
- 3 Stars: 8
- 2 Stars: 5
- 1 Stars: 4
45 ratings, 25 with reviewsCarbonellous - Miami, FL54/14/2008A perfectly balanced wine. Medium body and a fruity taste, but is not overwhelming. Fun to have on its own, but would go great with pork chops or a nice dark chocolate. Funny they mention it is a screw cap. It is not! I highly recommend it.bradley simon - Maurice, LA42/15/2008TASTES SMOOTH,NOT BITTER WITH ALCOHOL, JUST EASY GOING DOWN,VERY GOOD WITH BAKED CHICKEN.D Vacek - Reno, NV16/10/2008I did not enjoy this wine...Butch Cassidy - Yelm, WA36/9/2008smooth, mellowEricV - Ithaca, NY45/1/2008Great Merlot for the price. Smooth with good slight fruit flavor.Joshua Iacuone - Dallas, TX42/1/2008Highly recommended for the price.Annie Kim - Sunnyside, NY36/4/2008This was a very easy to drink wine. Great by itself, great with food. I drank it over a course of three days, keeping the opened bottle in the fridge. It held up well even on the third day.28/6/2008good everyday wine but a score from WE of 90 is a bit over rated. Ennjoyable over a nice dinner but nothing to brag about.Jennifer Malek - Thousand Oaks, CA56/14/2008This is the best wine I've tasted under $10!!! I highly recommend trying it.46/17/2008We bought a bottle as part of a selction of under $20 wines with ratings of 90+. It is very full bodied and balanced for a Merlot. At under $10 bucks it is a steal. We bought a case for everyday drinking.Michelle K - Alexandria, VA28/27/2008I bought this based on previous reveiws. While it wasn't bad, I found it to lack in flavor and complexity. Will not buy again.Pawnster - Skokie, IL51/25/2008Great body with firm legs. Plush like driving a Cadil.elf - San Mateo, CA54/15/2008This wine was recommended by a friend who said it was not only cheap but very easy drinking.Matthew Barry - Andover, MA43/13/2008Not a fruit bomb; can go before, during and after dinner.Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA53/27/2008Great wine for the price, full bodied and just delicious!512/21/2007this was a great wine I would have expected to pay 40 for or moreSteve S. - Bethesda, MD48/31/2008Smooth drinking. Given the price, this is a no-brainer.lmusgrove - Dallas, TX410/8/2008Would definitely buy again. Great value and very quaffable CA merlot. Fruit forward with a balanced, even finish.miskafied - Jersey City, NJ48/14/2008Inexpensive, we got more than what we paid forChantell Unnerstall - Washington, MO37/24/2008This is a nice wine for the price. It can start a little chewy, but it blows off. Be patient.27/7/2008This wine was a disappointment. It was not smooth & mellow. It tasted bitter. Where was the fruity taste? This wine was hard to swallow.Tami Triska - El Campo, TX57/11/2008Really good for under $10MsBhill1 - Plano, TX59/6/2008I was pleased with this one - much higher quality than I am used to. Sometimes Merlots can be a little too robust, but this one went down nice and smooth.49/5/2008I've purchased this wine several times now and it's always a hit. It's great with meals or just for sipping. LOVE IT!48/18/2008Excellent and very smooth. I recommend this one!
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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