Caduceus Cellars

Merkin Vineyards Shinola New Mexico Red Blend

8.840 ratings
9.011 pro ratings
New Mexico, USA
Sangiovese, Refosco, Primitivo, Dolcetto
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Celebrating my 400th region on Delectable with a wine from New Mexico made by Merkin Vineyards owned by Rock Musician, Maynard Keenan who is also the Winemaker. I always thought that it would be too hot to make wine in NM but there is a large Diurnal Temperature variation with the desert influence. This wine had a strange oxidative note to begin with but after 2 hours had disappeared. Rustic notes of charcoal and a touch of wild strawberry. An eclectic Italian blend of Dolcetto Primitivo Refosco ( a new grape on me!), Sangiovese and Montepuliciano. Interesting.

Celebrating my 400th region on Delectable with a wine from New Mexico made by Merkin Vineyards owned by Rock Musician, Maynard Keenan who is also the Winemaker. I always thought that it would be too hot to make wine in NM but there is a large Diurnal Temperature variation with the desert influence. This wine had a strange oxidative note to begin with but after 2 hours had disappeared. Rustic notes of charcoal and a touch of wild strawberry. An eclectic Italian blend of Dolcetto Primitivo Refosco ( a new grape on me!), Sangiovese and Montepuliciano. Interesting.

Oct 2nd, 2017
Jenn Blachford

Merkin?! Shinola?! A blend of 5 Italian grapes made in New Mexico?!?! None of these things would lead one to believe you're in for a good drink. But you are. Might be the most surprising wine ever. Delicious.

Merkin?! Shinola?! A blend of 5 Italian grapes made in New Mexico?!?! None of these things would lead one to believe you're in for a good drink. But you are. Might be the most surprising wine ever. Delicious.

1 person found it helpfulNov 13th, 2014
Patrick Cappiello

Wine Director/Partner Pearl & Ash, Rebelle NYC; Wine Writer Playboy.com

9.7

New wine by the glass at Pearl & Ash!

New wine by the glass at Pearl & Ash!

1 person found it helpfulNov 5th, 2014
Ronnie Sanders

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

9.1

Perfect Passover wine

Perfect Passover wine

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2014
Kayne Guzowski

Wow, much better than I expected

Wow, much better than I expected

Mar 13th, 2015
Greg Kreischer

MJ Keenan Winemaker Dinner Series at Rebelle

MJ Keenan Winemaker Dinner Series at Rebelle

May 24th, 2016
Miranda Williams

Pretty decent for a wine named after a pubic wig. Got it on sale for $12 at Toucan's. The first of Maynard's wines I've tried. SWW grapes from Hoachita Vineyard in boot heel of NM. Tannic, very fruity.

Pretty decent for a wine named after a pubic wig. Got it on sale for $12 at Toucan's. The first of Maynard's wines I've tried. SWW grapes from Hoachita Vineyard in boot heel of NM. Tannic, very fruity.

Mar 29th, 2016
Greg Rubin

Italian grapes in New Mexico? Sure, why the hell not??! Great with a burger, a little pricey cuz of the MJK factor.

Italian grapes in New Mexico? Sure, why the hell not??! Great with a burger, a little pricey cuz of the MJK factor.

Mar 10th, 2016
Richard Austin

Beautiful Italian blend from AZ. Great acid, balanced tannin, jammyness mid palet .lovely

Beautiful Italian blend from AZ. Great acid, balanced tannin, jammyness mid palet .lovely

Oct 18th, 2015
Stephen Moore

Found these Merkin Vineyards gems on the south side. This one a great #winecenturyclub bottle with Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Primitivo, and Refosco. Decent light bodied red table wine :) #yegwine

Found these Merkin Vineyards gems on the south side. This one a great #winecenturyclub bottle with Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Primitivo, and Refosco. Decent light bodied red table wine :) #yegwine

Jun 14th, 2015