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Joke all you want. It's nothing Ray and Robin Merlo haven't heard before. "Call the cops! Somebody stole your 't'!" "If anybody orders Merlo, I'm leaving." "I can't decide between the Pino or your Caberne." Go on, get it out of your system.
And then get some of this R. Merlo 2011 Rosé of Syrah into your system. As soft, subtle, and smooth on the palate as it is on the eyes, this is a creamy, furity, floral rosé that has nothing whatsoever to do with Ray and Robin's near-namesake. And no, they never considered naming their daughter Chardonna.
For the 2011 Rosé, Merlo selected the earliest maturing fruit from their estate Syrah vineyard. After a gentle whole-cluster pressing, the juice was allowed to settle overnight before being moved to neutral barrels for fermentation. A somewhat unconventional decision was made to allow the wine to complete its secondary malo-lactic fermentation as well. This has both softened the wine and gave the palate a creamy texture. Subtle red fruits and floral notes on the nose are followed by flavors golden apples with a hint of wild strawberries. The finish is fully dry, but soft and not at all austere.
Merlo Family Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River and at the base of South Fork Mountain, the longest contiguous ridge in the continental United States. This wholly unique setting helps create wines that speak to the power and beauty that is Hyampom Valley. Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the Merlo Family Estate Vineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley. Merlo Family Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines.
At Merlo Family Estate Vineyards, the particular characteristics of the Hyampom Valley vineyards are carried through to the bottle. Their vineyards have allowed them to make an array of richly flavored and expressive wines, all true to varietal character and true to the land from which they come. Unlike most California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the red wines reveal rich flavor themes with very large, bold, yet smooth tannin
structure. The phenomenal skin structure of the fruit results in opulent, dark colors, practically impenetrable by light. The white wines display bright vibrant flavors with crisp natural acidity. Merlo Family Estate Vineyards produces unique varietal wines, all showing the extraordinary terroir of Hyampom Valley.
Ray Merlo shares this great summer wine with the Wooters.
Winery Retail Price: $90.00
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Food Pairing: While this Rosé is a pleasure to drink on its own, its casual nature longs for just a loaf of crusty bread, some salami, olives and a piece of good cheese. Cold poached salmon with dill and warm red potato salad is another classic, if more ambitious match.
TA: 5.6 gr/lt
Harvest Brix: 23.8
Production: 1,000 cases
R. Merlo Estate Vineyards
Ray and Robin Merlo
Tucked away in the far reaches of rugged Northern California lies Hyampom Valley - a remote river valley hidden amongst the inter-coastal mountains of Southern Trinity County. The word Hyampom comes from the northern Wintu Indian word "Hien-pom". The actual meaning is not clear, but there have been many speculations. According to anthropologist, A.L. Kroeber, the term "pom" means "land" or "place" but the meaning of the balance of the word is unknown. "High Valley," "Low Valley," "Pleasant Valley," "Place of Plenty," and "Place at the Base of the Mountain" are some of the speculations of the actual meaning of the word, Hyampom. The Indians of long ago, so the story goes, would come to Hyampom for the winters. "Hy," they would say,"is there enough to share with us?" "Hy," would answer the natives of Hyampom, "there is always plenty here for all." Hyampom is a fitting name for one of the most remote, and perhaps most ideal, winemaking regions in California.
R. Merlo Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River and at the base of South Fork Mountain, the longest contiguous ridge in the continental United States. This wholly unique setting helps create wines that speak to the power and beauty that is Hyampom Valley. Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the R. Merlo Estate Vineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley.
R. Merlo Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines. Unlike many California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the wines are naturally big and bold, yet refined and beautiful.
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