The first Grapes of Roth merlot release since Wolffer absorbed the brand, the Grapes of Roth 2006 Merlot ($44) reflects the less-than-perfect growing season, but still maintains the reputation the label has earned since debuting with a 2001 merlot.
Nutty oak and loamy earth lead the way on the nose, with understated fruit in the form of dried cherries and blueberries beneath.
Meaty and mouth-filing, the palate features cottony tannins that frame restrained, slightly tired fruit flavors that mingle with toasty oak, graphite and a dried mint note. On day one, the finish shows a slightly bitter edge that softens on day two, when the wine is more harmonious and smooth.
AVA: North Fork of Long Island