September 15, 1997 California Merlot Arrives A critical mass of outstanding wines makes the 1994 vintage a hit By James Laube Is "Lassie syndrome" about to spoil the Merlot party? It could. "Lassie syndrome," or overbreeding, is a phrase coined by Sonoma winemaker Steve MacRostie to describe the "overplanting" of new Merlot vines.
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