2005 Tin Roof Winery Merlot
California
 
WB Rating: 87

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $7.49 (Costco)
 
Type: Merlot
Principal varietal(s): Merlot

What a find this wine is! I knew nothing previously about Tin Roof, but this Merlot wildly exceeded my expectations. It has the elegant texture and feel (and even something of the flavor profile) of a good Bordeaux Superieur at about 1/3 the price. Nicely polished flavors of black cherry, currants, smoke, and subtle oak. Excellent balance - fruit, acid, tannin - with no components out of place. I've had any number of California Merlots that were a 3 - 5 times as expensive as this one but provided a lot less pleasure. - HK 2008-08-03

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