Wine Wednesday – 2012 Red Rock Winery Reserve Winemaker’s Blend

Hello, hello!

Happy Wine Wednesday, my friends!



Welp, it finally happened.

I tried some wine I wasn’t crazy about.

Disappointing for sure but it happens.

I’ll still tell you about it though because, well, honestly,  you might like it. Who knows? Everyone’s taste buds are different, right? 🙂

And, it’s entirely possible that, if cellared for a few more years, it could improve.

Anyway, I was browsing the wine selection – I was looking for a blend – and I came across these two.


Now, I’ve already reviewed, and enjoyed, the Sterling Vintners Collection Meritage in the 2011 so, even though I wanted to drink it, I grabbed the Red Rock so I could review something new for you. (If you go to their site, just to warn you, they have a video that plays automatically so don’t go there after you’ve been jamming out to Weird Al or something like that.)

(PS. *note to self – next time grab the Meritage)

And you thought I was just drinking all that wine for me…… 😉

I was actually pretty excited about it when I got it home.

I mean, c’mon, it’s a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Merlot.

3 grapes I LOVE.

What’s not to be excited about!?


The color was a beautiful deep garnet, typical of petite sirah and on the nose, I was greeted with plums and berries and toastiness.

I don’t know what the ratio of the blend is but I’m willing to bet the Petit Sirah is the most. I could definitely smell it.


And then, I tasted it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. I don’t want you to think it was bad. Because it wasn’t.

It tasted just fine with food (we had marinated grilled chicken and sweet taters), and my sailor liked it, but I wasn’t crazy about it on its own (and honestly, I still had the memory of that first taste in my mouth so I was trying REALLY HARD to erase it).

I can’t explain it – there was just something that my tastebuds weren’t crazy about.

I guess I expected something a little more fruit forward from the Petit Syrah and earthy from the Zinfandel. It was almost as if they cancelled each other out but I wasn’t just left with an amazing Merlot to drink either.

I don’t know.

Wasn’t my favorite and I will probably not buy it again.

But, again, everyone is different and, like I said, it was fine with our food.  So, if it meets your budget and you want to try it, please do!

Let me know your opinion.

Talk to me: Have you ever been disappointed with a wine or beer? Did you still drink it?

– jennifer

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