Fetzer Merlot Valley Oaks Premier 2002
Fetzer Vineyards was founded in 1968 in beautiful Mendocino County by Barney and Kathleen Fetzer. One of the first California wineries to branch out into serious Chardonnay production, Fetzer remains committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious wine production. Dennis Martin oversees all wine-making at Fetzer and is assisted by Charlie Gilmore and Michael Chupp, who are in charge of white wine making and red wine making respectively.
For the price, this is a great Merlot. 7-8 bucks, and it delivers most of the nice softness characteristic of Merlot. Hints of cherry and plums and an overall softness make this an inexpensive and enjoyable Merlot.