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Tasting Highlights: California Merlot and More

Eight new California reds, including Merlot-based blends, Petite Sirahs and an outstanding Zinfandel
MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 17, 2008

This group of reds has something for everyone, from plush and elegant Merlot-based wines to intense, gripping Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. The top Merlots in this report, both at 93 points, are familiar names: The very ripe and dense Lewis and the elegant Paloma (the 2001 Paloma was 2003's Wine Spectator Wine of the Year).

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