California Merlot Struggles

Difficult weather delivers lean wines in 2003, but there are still plenty of '02s available
Tim Fish
Issue: November 30, 2006

California Merlot remains a best-seller in the United States even though it rarely achieves greatness. That dichotomy leads to a lot of grumbling in some quarters, and the 2003 vintage gives Merlot skeptics more support, delivering wines that are lean and ordinary.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 30, 2006.

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