See, read, and share the centerfold page 75 of Wine Spectators photos and credits to wines especially Merrill Cellars “Cotes du Rogue” (limited amounts available) . Then for more juice note the top billing. I quote “Some of these growers are starting to push the boundaries. Production remains small, but labels such as Merrill, Del Rio, Quady North, and Cowhorn craft compelling wines that justify their prices. For example, the Merrill Cellars (Henry IV) Cotes du Rogue 2008 (91/$35), a Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Sirah, dances lightly to a tune of blackberry and licorice flavors.” …”Those wines hold true to the same style that Oregon Pinot Noirs have established: relatively light, lively with acidity and focused on clarity of flavor. Someday, these Rogue Vlley releases might even challenge Pinot Noir for prominence in the state.” Harvey Steiman / Wine Spectator.
There isn’t much of the 2008 left, but it is a special wine. I have a 2008 Syrah that rocks too!
2012 Reserve Syrah, my most exotic yet. This vintage has beautiful wild cherry, red plum, to a Cotes Rotie mid palette, with an amazing long finish that includes beautiful tandoori spices, with a touch of the white pepper. Very similar to 2011 which received
a 92 points.
2012 Reserva Tempranillo, its label says Merrill-Monserrat after my mothers' Spanish heritage. Having spent a couple of research trips to Rioja and the Basque country I found my favorite Rioja Tempranillo's were almost always blended with 5%-10% Grenacha. Most every American Tempranillo is 100% tempranillo, and not aged enough to mellow those tannins out. Blending just the right amount each vintage provides aromatics, softer tannins, a touch of rose petal sweetness, and makes our Tempranillo unique. I tested it on the McMinnville wine buyers, and guess what? It sold out in a couple hours. It's my new favorite, with food or by itself!
2012 Viognier "Artist Series". Imagine sitting on your back porch in early summer eating a ripe ruby red grapefruit with a sprinkle of sugar on top. This was another great discovery. THE GENEVA CLONE. Totally different clone and flavors than my Reserve Viognier Condrieu Clones. 93 points. Costco $14.99.
2012 COTES DU ROGUE "Artist Series". My dream of making the best Southern Rhone Blend in Oregon or America can't be far from this specimen. 50% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre.
I'm as proud of this vintage CdR red as I was my 2010, and 2008's. Best buy at Costco for $16.99
2011 Reserve Chardonnay , full ripe fruit, full body, a touch of oak, yet still an acid finish. Another winner long finish. Delicious. 91pts.
2011 Pinot Noir "Artist Series" Great fruit, medium body, long flavor palette, and classic Burgundian acid finish. This one is getting better every day. 90 points and climbing.
2011 Reserve Viognier, same as our 2011 Artist except a year more age, dryer, caramel. Classic Condrieu clones, and flavors of pear, lavender, and honey.