About This Wine
Rock Gate Winery crafts several wines, but Merlot is the house specialty.
Why? Because the folks at Rock Gate are “foodies,” and few red wines are as versatile with food as Merlot. While they wait for their Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to evolve in the cellar, they can drink their soft and supple Merlot with tonight’s meal.
You don’t have to be a “foodie” to understand the concept of instant gratification, and that’s what you’ll experience when you open a bottle of Rock Gate Merlot. The wine has an engaging aroma that’s both fruitful and slightly herbal, and once you swirl it in the glass, you’ll wonder if somebody brought a basket of fresh-picked berries into the room.
That berry impression extends to the flavor, joined by an impression of cassis along with hints of olive and oak. Given its eclectic flavor mix, it’s little wonder Rock Gate Merlot can be paired successfully with so many different dishes.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:81% Merlot and 19% Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Cassis, Assorted Berries, and Hints of Olive & Oak
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionmeatloaf, or a roast beef sandwich.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The RecipeCabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon (as the recipe calls for), as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The RecipePortuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe