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95% Merlot, 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Syrah, .5% Syrah

Tasting Notes:
In Red Rock Winery Merlot, lush concentrations of black cherry, plum and boysenberry are
complemented by soft, rounded tannins. Body and flavor are perfectly matched and exquisitely
balanced, achieving a delicate harmony found in only the finest wines. Red Rock Winery Merlot is
an excellent match for a wide range of foods, particularly herb-based dishes, pasta, grilled meats
and goat cheese.

Winemakers Notes:
The grapes for the 2006 Merlot were de-stemmed but not crushed, leaving about 20% whole
berries. This “Partial Whole Berry Fermentation” method was used to enhance the varietal character
of the finished wine. The grapes were then fermented on the skins for five to seven days at a
temperature of 88° F. The entire blend underwent Malolactic Fermentation to add complexity to the
aroma and flavor and to ensure stability in the finished wine. Throughout the aging process,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah, and Syrah were blended into the evolving wine to add complexity,
nuance, richness and finesse. The final blend was bottle aged for two months to ensure a smooth,
pleasing wine.

The Region:
Red Rock Winery Reserve Merlot has a California appellation. By using a California appellation, our
winemakers have the flexibility to source the highest quality fruit from California’s premier
vineyards each year.

The Merlot Grape:
Merlot by nature is a soft, enjoyable wine with lush, plum-like flavors and notes of blackberry and
cherry. The grape is naturally low in tannins with a smooth and velvety finish. It is no surprise
then, that the Merlot grape, which originated in France, is still the most widely planted varietal in
Bordeaux. With its introduction to California, where well-drained soils and warmer climates bring
out the best in this early-maturing varietal, Merlot has yielded exceptional wines marked by natural
balance, smooth tannins, and rich concentrations of fruit.

Alcohol                                       14.0%
Total acidity                         .53 g/100ml
pH                                                3.72
Residual sugar                      .06 g/100ml