Red Rock Winery new quartet of red wines – each priced at $13.99) – celebrate bold flavors to welcome the fall season.
“We make wines with balance in mind,” said winemaker Debbie Juergenson. “This philosophy begins in the vineyards, where I select grapes that offer an ideal combination of ripe fruit flavors, structured tannins and bright acidity. Each vintage I strive for an optimal balance of fruit and oak, so that neither element overpowers the other.”
Fruit for the 2011 Winemaker’s Blend and 2011 merlot (both $13.99) came from California North and Central Coast vineyards. The blend combines petite sirah, syrah and zinfandel for a plush, fruit forward wine. Each varietal brings nuance to the table: petite sirah’s structure, zinfandel’s bright fruit characteristics and syrah’s spicy notes. The merlot selection opens with caramelized sugar and vanilla and jammy fruit aromas. Shadowy fruit flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry and black currant explode on the palate and a smooth finish.
“Also from California’s coastal vineyards, our 2012 pinot noir offers bright jammy red cherry, plum and raspberry red fruit flavors plus a cashmere mouthfeel,” winemaker Juergenson said. “A touch of zinfandel helps to create a rich palate and silky fruit forward finish.”
Inky purple and brimming with mystery, the 2012 Mendoza malbec exhibits some of the hallmarks of Argentine malbec with its subtle spicy and floral notes. Dark fruit flavors bring a mouth-filling texture. Pour this with rich meats and spicy barbecue.