As many of you now know, I have a Youtube channel called “Stan The Wine Man TV” where I review wines and talk about wine subjects. A few weeks ago, the subject of the episode was second labels that many wine producers have in their portfolio. The particular winery I focused on was Hyatt Vineyards. Hyatt has two labels they produce, Hyatt and Roza Ridge. While tasting the wines on this particular episode I stumbled across what would become my pick of the month… The first for 2014!
2009 Roza Ridge Roadside Market Red (Rattlesnake Hills, WA)… $12.
Aromas of dusty minerals, jammy boysenberry and spice with a hit of chocolate, perfumed cherries and licorice. Nice structure on the palate. Dark fruit notes of currants and cherries come through with underlying chocolate and spice notes. There is a hit of oak on the mid-palate and finish but it stays in check with a nice backbone of acidity that keeps it fresh in the mouth. Very good balance of acidity, fruit and tannins. This is a “10” in the delicious category, and an absolute steal at twelve bucks. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 12% Syrah and 9% Tempranillo. (B+/A-)
Distributed by Vinum Imports (Seattle, WA)
Cheers! Stan The Wine Man