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WINE PICKS : MERLOT

By Thom Elkjer
wine editor

TIP: Merlot provides a nice alternative to wine lovers looking for a more approachable, fruitier and softer red wine.
63°F / 17°C
Ideal serving temperature
for MERLOT.

CHATEAU ST. JEAN MERLOT
Sonoma County 2001 ($25): goes for complexity and gets it, with cola, cherry, blueberry, blackberry and red clay flavors layered into a mouth-pleasing texture; spreads across your palate, then refocuses at the finish.

DELICATO MERLOT
California 2003 ($8): Plump aromas and flavors of black and red plums, with red cherry notes and an earthy under-layer; nice balance, fine tannins and a bright, refreshing finish all make this wine taste like it costs a lot more.

PALOMA MERLOT
Spring Mountain 2002 ($51): mountain-grown Merlot is a different animal and here’s proof: plush black cherry and blueberry flavors stand up to big oak and high alcohol, so decant well before savoring the warm finish and raw silk texture.

STERLING MERLOT
Central Coast Vintners Collection 2002 ($13): this wine shows the bright, juicy side of Merlot, with a touch of coffee in the aromas, plenty of red cherry and plum flavors, good acidity in the mid-palate and sweet length.


MAR/APR 2005
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