Last week I made a filet mignon dinner (recipe located here), and I wanted to pair it with a decent red wine. So, I picked out a California grown Red Rock Merlot, and decided to give it a try.
The price was attractive, about $8. And the label was attractive too. (Darn you marketing department!) So I was hooked, and it was bought.
I've gotta say, I lucked out. It's a very good Merlot.
This 2006 Merlot has a nice clean mouth feel. It didn't overwhelm the dinner (which included lighter flavors from grilled veggies and risotto), and it complimented the meat. It had distinct currant and cherry overtones but it wasn't too fruity. The wine didn't linger on the palate, and had very little aftertaste. It seemed like it could have used another year to mature a bit more, but all-in-all a very good wine.
Also, I'd like to give a little shout-out to the person with whom I met this morning. If you're looking for a super-sweet white wine for the summer I'd suggest the 2008 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). It's too sweet for me, but I'm sure you'd like it! :)
Red Rock Winery
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