Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2009
About the Producers
Mendocino Wine Co. is dedicated to responsible land stewardship, sustainable viticulture and green business practices that yield superior wines while protecting the environment and supporting local farmers. These goals are reflected in the winery's E3 action plan: "...environmental responsibility, economic viability and social equity." Envisioning the wine industry as a model for all of agriculture, the partners lead by example. The award-winning brands produced by the winery include: Parducci Wine Cellars, Paul Dolan Vineyards and now Wines That Rock. In the spring of 2007, Mendocino Wine Co. became the first winery in the United States to achieve carbon neutral status. In recognition of their leadership, the State of California has twice (2007 & 2009) awarded Mendocino Wine Co. with the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
With generous fruit and supple tannins, Merlot is made in a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it is often blended with Cabernet Franc to spectacular result. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly in California’s Napa Valley. Somm Secret—As much as Miles derided the variety in the 2004 film, Sideways, his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc is actually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.