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California Merlot suffered the same fate as most of the state's other wines in 1998. An uneven vintage marked by a long, cool growing season, 1998 produced only five outstanding Merlots in my tasting of 116 bottlings from the vintage.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 15, 2001.
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