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Merlot Revisited

Jun 27, 2018

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Merlot's rep as a second class wine is totally undeserved. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

The Wines

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite

Peirano Estate Merlot, Lodi '14  *1/2  $

Inexpensive, decent everyday merlot

Desert Wind Merlot, Washington State '15 ** $

Good complexity with plum, chocolate, tobacco notes, fleshy texture.

Oberon Merlot, Napa '16  **1/2 $$

Michael Mondavi project, ripe plum and currents, medium bodied.

The Fableist Merlot, Paso Robles '15 *** $$  VALUE

Fabulous!  Intense, very complex, great length, classy.

I Clivi Merlot, Oriental de Friuli, Italy '09  *** $$

Aged and ready to drink, surprising quality, excellent.