2015 Roth Merlot, Sonoma County
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Our 2015 Sonoma County Merlot showcases the truest and best expression of the diverse and idyllic growing conditions in Sonoma County. This 2015 leads with intense aromas of dark fruits, hints of sweet spice, and silky dark chocolate. Richly concentrated black plum, violet, chocolate cream and cardamom fill the palate on this dense and dark Merlot. Its well-structured, mouth-filling tannins glide across the palate leading to a complex finish.
Food Pairing Notes
The supple fruit flavors in this wine pair wonderfully with the earthy notes found in a grilled eggplant dish, or wild mushroom risotto.
80% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 9% Syrah
September 23rd to October 1st, 2015 at optimum maturity
Sur lie aged in French, American, and Hungarian oak for 16 months (30% new)
2015 made for an excellent vintage in Sonoma County! An early start to the growing season was followed by warm temperatures. Consistently sunny days throughout the spring and summer resulted in even ripening of the fruit. The grapes were harvested from September 23rd to October 1st, 2015 at optimum maturity. Then it was fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in French, American and Hungarian oak (30% new) for 16 months.