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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