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California Merlot Makes Its Case

2009 marks a milestone in Napa Valley quality
Tim Fish
Issue: November 30, 2012

The 2009 vintage is one of the most successful ever for California Merlot. Featuring dozens of outstanding releases, it represents a long-awaited turnaround for this sometimes underperforming wine. Credit a near-perfect growing season, as well as improvements in the vineyards and cellars, for the upsurge in quality. Wine Spectator's Tim Fish explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 6, 2012.

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