Merlot’s Mixed Message

Overall quality is high, but middle-range values are scarce among 2005 and 2006 releases from California
Tim Fish
Issue: November 30, 2009

There are two clear choices with California Merlot right now: Splurge and buy the best, or search for reliable values. Unfortunately, Merlot's middle ground is tougher terrain, because too many Merlots in the $20 to $40 price range offer only so-so quality.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 10, 2009.

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