This gift from up north (Washington State) really changed my mind about Merlot, which I usually ignore.
This merlot is from the Wahluke Slope of the Columbia River Gorge... hundreds of miles up river from where I lived in Hood River, Oregon but only a 90 minute drive up through Washington. We really like the complex minerality not to mention the dark chocolatey goodness.... have to special order in the Bay Area for this Estates merlot. Read more about Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 The Estates Merlot
Just the other night, we attended the Viva Amore! event at Rock Wall. They weren't really pouring any zins at tasting tables aside from their Zinfandel Dessert wine. I never bother with those except tonight we were tipped off to try a "Rebecca" -- a glass of sparkling Blanc de Blancs with a heavy splash of the aforementioned dessert zin. Read more about Rock Wall 2009 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church, Sonoma County
This is Shauna Rosenblum's baby. I've never seen her so excited about one of her wines... and THAT'S saying a lot. Not much was made and I believe it's already been snatched up... which is amazing considering it retails at $50 ($40 for wine club members.)
This new zinfandel is a perfect example of what Rock Wall does best >> awesome and distinctive zins.
The Rockpile (guess that's the name of the vineyard) is a welcome addition to the zinfandel lineup, which includes 7 at this writing. The Rockpile is precision balanced... designed to make EVERYBODY HAPPY and pairs perfectly with '73 era Bob Marley & the Wailers.