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!
2011 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. My personal favorite!
92 points and improving.
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.
2010 Reserve Petite Sirah, big and fruit forward, lots of tannins, very small batch.
2011 Reserve Viognier, same as our 2011 Artist except a year more age, dryer, caramel.