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WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: In Napa Valley, where Cabernet is king, Merlot can get short shrift. Compare and contrast these two great varietals with Swanson Vineyard's Chris Phelps, who worked with them in Bordeaux and Napa Valley. With a great vineyard and careful winemaking, Merlot is outstanding—and can mature gracefully. Jeff Smith of Hourglass shares his insights as he pours a pair of Merlots from his Blueline vineyard in Calistoga.
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