Maker: HRM Rex Goliath Wines, Gonzales, Monterey County, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Rex Goliath Merlot comes with a funky-looking label but is surprisingly good for an inexpensive merlot. Its modest aroma features blackberries and licorice, and its flavor shines with a jammy complexity. Blueberry and cherry combine with pleasant acidity to make this wine taste more expensive than its price. The finish lingers pleasantly.
The makers have clearly gone for a fun, informal approach in branding. “HRM Rex Goliath” is, according to their website, a circus “star” from a hundred or so years ago. Rex was billed as the ‘World’s Largest Rooster’, tipping the scales at 47 pounds – Goliath indeed! The full name of the wine is HRM Rex Goliath Giant 47-Pound Rooster Free Range Merlot. For fowl fun, read up on chicken trivia. The winemaker, Michael Kafka, comments on their Merlot:
We really love this wine. Soft, supple, and complex. There is a certain elegance to this wine that fits our vision of the perfect Merlot: Pretty and seductive with a decidedly spicy nose of black cherry, cassis and cedar. Very ripe and round, almost like a Jolly Rancher candy. Mouth-filling flavors of plums, cherries and wild red berries dominate from start to finish. Good seam of acidity paired with soft tannins make this a wonderful wine for game fowl such as pheasant or duck.
The wine has bagged an impressive list of awards, too…
- Double Gold & 98 Points! Best Merlot of Region – 2003 Cal State Fair
- Gold Medal – 2004 San Diego National Wine Competition
- Gold Medal – 2004 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
- Gold Medal – 2004 New World International Wine Competition
- Gold Medal! – 2003 Los Angeles County Fair
- Gold Medal! – 2003 Monterey Wine Competition
- Gold Medal! – 2003 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- One of the Top U.S. Values! – The Wine Spectator
- Gold Medal Merlot! A Terrific Wine! – Mike Dunne – The Sacramento Bee
It’s easy to see why this wine has garnered rave reviews. Rex Goliath Merlot is hard to beat for an under $10 wine.