Best Merlot 2/2011
Quality and value
Best Merlot 2/2011 Today, Merlot is seeing something of a restoration of its reputation. With less bad Merlot on the market, consumers can finally begin to understand not only the grape but the styles that California is capable of -- not to mention Washington, Chile, South Africa... you name it. This sampling of Merlot was quite narrow, with just a few from outside California, but offers up a little something for just about everybody. Merlot remains an easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing wine, though there are wines that test the limits: from rich and powerfully extracted to elegant and exceptionally refined. The only trick here is finding the one you like!