SRP of $14 and available for as low as $10. Sample received courtesy E. & J. Gallo for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Inspired by the hand stacked rocks that help you find your way along a trail, Red Rock Winery wants to inspire you to Find True Balance. Our winemaker believes that “Making a great wine is all about finding balance. It’s about fitting the fruit characteristics together in a harmonious way, so that no single element overpowers another.” In our Winemaker’s Blend, smooth notes from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are balanced with dark berry jam flavors from Petite Sirah, creating a unique wine that is truly balanced.
This is the second wine we’ve reviewed from Red Rock Winery, after enjoying their Pinot Noir in ourHunt For The Best Pinot Noir Under $20 series. This time we’re tasting their Winemaker’s Blend. I couldn’t find any info on the exact percentages of each grape in the blend, so I’m guessing it can vary year to year, which is not at all uncommon. Let’s check out the 2009.
The 2009 Red Rock Winery Reserve Winemaker’s Blend begins with aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry, spice and vanilla. It reminds me of a Shirley Temple thanks to the maraschino cherry notes. This rich and smooth wine tastes of lots of jammy fruit (strawberry and sweet red cherry primarily), good spice and a little vanilla, staying true to the opening aromas. The finish features a really nice burst of spice that lasts for a long time. Overall, a nice, easy to drink wine.