PreferWine: Rosenthal Estate

For those of you who don't know it, Los Angeles County is actually home to a number of wineries, and probably the best known among them thanks to the high quality of its vintages is Rosenthal Estate out in the hills of Malibu.

To go along with our Melisse deal, we're offering a huge discount on Rosenthal's 2004 Meritage red blend. This offer is also a little special since it's only for single bottles--so those of you who have trouble committing to a case should be pretty stoked.

To buy the deal, head to the PreferWine section of the site, and to learn more about the Malibu winery and its wines, either check out my write up on PreferWine, or read my text below!

The Rosenthal Tasting Room
26023 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu’s better known for its world-class surfing than its wines, but soon people might just be shouting “Cheers!” instead of “Cowabunga!” if George Rosenthal has anything to say about it. Bucking the derisive taunts of wine snobs the world over, the successful Los Angeles businessman began planting grapes on the slopes of his 250-acre Malibu estate back in 1987. Today, Rosenthal Estate has 32 acres in the Malibu foothills under vine, all of which are cared for and harvested by hand thanks to their 1,400-foot elevation and steep inclines. All that perseverance pays off, and Malibu Newton Canyon has been recognized with an American Viticultural Area appellation—largely thanks to the dedication and skill of Rosenthal and his team, which includes French winemaker Christian Roguenant—and the winery has 73 medals (20 of them gold) to its credit. Four of those gold medals, including the one at the 2008 West Coast Wine Competition, were for the Rosenthal-The Malibu Estate 2004 Meritage. For those of you who aren’t into wine terms, a Meritage is a red Bordeaux-style blend. But because the French are…well, French, we can’t call it a Bordeaux blend here in the U.S. This bold beauty is kind of like the perfect wave off the coast near the winery. Components of trusty Cabernet Sauvignon and plush Merlot provide the motile force behind the wine with an energy that carries you along, while undercurrents of spicy Cabernet Franc and leathery Petit Verdot send the flavors shooting the curl all the way from the front of your mouth to the back of your palate. Pack your corkscrew along with your surfboard and bring it along to your next beach bonfire barbecue.


  • Remember those gold medals we were telling you about? This Meritage won four of them: Gold Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition; Gold Medal Riverside International Wine Competition; Gold Medal West Coast Wine Competition; and was one of only 22 wines out of 3,300 that won a Four-Star Gold Medal at the OC Fair Wine Competition. Oh yeah. It also won Best of Class at the California State Fair.

  • When we say this wine is limited production, we mean limited. Only 222 cases were ever made. Total. That’s why we’re the only ones who can get it for you at this price.

  • Rosenthal Estate released its first Malibu vintage, a Cabernet Sauvignon, in 1991.

  • Red Bordeaux blends are made from a combination of up to five different grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Most Bordeaux blends only contain two or three of these, however.

  • Want to visit Rosenthal Estate yourself and try the wines? Their tasting room at the estate in Malibu is open Wednesday-Sunday.