10 Commendable California Merlots

New reviews that show the grape's diversity in the Golden State
10 Commendable California Merlots
San Simeon's Paso Robles Merlot is hard to beat at 90 points and $22. (Courtesy of San Simeon)
Sep 10, 2018

It's time to give Merlot its due. The grape is reemerging on California's wine scene, where it can make exceptional red wines. More than half of these wines cost less than $25, so you won't have to break the bank to explore the different styles and regions on offer. Get the scores and tasting notes!

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