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Peaks & Valleys

California Merlot is at its best in Napa, where vineyards at diverse elevations deliver distinctive styles
Kim Marcus
Issue: November 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.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 30, 2018.

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