9 California Merlots to Drink this Week

Discover the many sides of the red grape with these new reviews from Napa and Sonoma

9 California Merlots to Drink this Week
Andrew Frei planted vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley in 1890. Today his two sons, Walter and Louis, are at the helm of Frei Brothers winery. (Courtesy of E. & J. Gallo Winery)
Aug 19, 2019

Merlot is staging a comeback in California. Winemakers are approaching the grape with renewed interest, in both their cellars and vineyards. Today's selection rounds up the top wines from recent tastings, with the majority priced at $25 or less, making it easy to explore the different sides of this versatile grape.

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