Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rombauer Carneros 2006 Merlot

RombaueR Carneros 2006 Merlot, $25.49-$32.99, 90 points, begins dark red with some bricking toward a clear rim.
A bouquet of rich earth, clove, coffee, violets, and black currant expressed exuberance.
This medium-bodied Merlot had good acidity and mild tannin.
Flavors were reminiscent of a Dry Creek Zinfandel, with briary blackberries, hints of clove and violets without any edginess; thus it was texturally silky and quite smooth.
Finished moderately long on spice, heat (14.4% alcohol), and a touch of menthol.


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  1. I've had this wine in my cellar for about three years, and though most Cali wines are made to be used within a year, I found this Merlot to be just fine, maybe 6 months past its peak, but very good indeed.

  2. Haven't had a Rombauer Merlot in a looooong time, used to like their Zin also.

    1. Vinogirl, I found the 15.5% alcohol more than their 2007 el Dorado could handle, but considering how much I like their Merlot, I'll be looking to buy another wine from them soon!