Peaks & Valleys

California Merlot is at its best in Napa, where vineyards at diverse elevations deliver distinctive styles
Peaks & Valleys
La Jota expresses the character of mountain-grown Napa Merlot with its oustanding 2015, one of this report’s top wines. (John Youngblood)
Nov 30, 2018

Though Merlot is grown throughout California, Napa Valley is by far the variety's powerhouse appellation. Yet there's a marked contrast in style between wines grown on the valley floor and those sourced from mountain sites. Wine Spectator's Kim Marcus recommends the category's best new releases.

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