The Merlot Factor

Standout bottlings from Napa Valley overperform on quality while holding the line on price

The Merlot Factor
Rocky soils and cooling breezes make Duckhorn's Rector Creek Vineyard one of Napa’s top sites for Merlot, yielding a classic-rated version in 2016. (Bob McClenahan)
From the Nov 30, 2019, issue

Attentive winemaking and well-chosen vineyard sites are elevating the quality of Golden State Merlot, allowing it to flourish in a range of serious and approachable versions.

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