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2016 Iron Rock Cellars Obsidian California Merlot

2016 Iron Rock Cellars Obsidian California Merlot Zoom

This easy-drinking cuvee offers notes of black cherry, green olive, currant and tea leaf.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016
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24 Ratings (3.8/5.0) Rating: 4 Buy It Again Score (88%) Rate this wine
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About This Wine

Looking for an easy-drinking red wine? You’ve come to the right place!

Iron Rock Cellars is known for crafting a number of exceptional varietal wines, and its Merlot always is a standout. Merlot is one of the principal varieties of the Bordeaux region in France, and was brought to California in the mid-19th century.

Historically, vintners have used Merlot as a blending grape to soften a wine, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon. Its tannins are less forceful than those of Cabernet, one reason Merlot now is popular as a varietal wine. Most of California’s Merlot vines are planted in Lodi/San Joaquin County, along with Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Monterey County.

The 2016 Iron Rock Cellars Merlot taps top vineyards from around the state, and transforms perfectly ripened grapes into an easy-to-love cuvee. Ideal for serving alongside simple beef or lamb dishes, it could be used by Webster to define the word “mellow.”

About Merlot

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.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Green Olive, Currant and Tea Leaf
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:straightforward beef or lamb dishes.

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3.8/ 5.0
Rating: 4

24 Ratings


    • Rating: 4

    Smooth, but bland finish. Best flavor noted was the currant

    9/17/2018 Brian B.
    • Euless, TX
    • Rater Rank 144
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 4.1
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    Excellent flavor profile, silky smooth, medium bodied, rich fruit flavors

    9/13/2018 Adam G.
    • Albany, NY
    • Rater Rank 309
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 4.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    Fragrant with very limited tannic taste but good oak

    8/30/2018 Bob F.
    • Texarkana, TX
    • Rater Rank 388
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 4.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4


    8/11/2018 Luis G.
    • Brighton, CO
    • Rater Rank 109
    • Number of Ratings 12
    • Average 3.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    Very drinkable, smooth, good body to it, balanced.

    8/04/2018 Celia M.
    • Powell, WY
    • Rater Rank 32
    • Number of Ratings 27
    • Average 4.1
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    Refreshing. Has no back mouth feel though

    7/13/2018 Theresa M.
    • Brooklyn, NY
    • Rater Rank 158
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 2.8
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    Very good

    6/16/2018 Michael A.
    • Fairview, PA
    • Rater Rank 420
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 5.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4


    4/19/2018 Donna M.
    • Meridian, ID
    • Rater Rank 940
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    I love Iron Rock's Reds. Best find around. Smooth. I order by the case while available.

    1/28/2018 Bonnie G.
    • Memphis, TN
    • Rater Rank 1,170
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Rating: 4

    It was nice, but maybe a bit too young.

    1/13/2018 Daniel R.
    • Woodstown, NJ
    • Rater Rank 927
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 2.5
    • Verified Purchase


14 recipes match for this wine.

  • Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    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 Recipe
    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Portuguese 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
    Cabernet 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 Recipe
  • Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
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