California Merlot’s Starring Role

This rich red takes the lead in a range of outstanding bottlings from recent vintages

California Merlot’s Starring Role
Duckhorn's Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2014, made by winemaker Renee Ary, was Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 2017. The current-release 2017 vintage shows impressive quality. (Bob McClenahan)
From the Dec 15, 2020, issue

California Merlot, particularly from Napa and Sonoma, offers great quality and value for fans of richer, fuller wines from the Golden State. Senior editor Kim Marcus marks how the wines have improved in recent vintages and highlights recommended wines to buy now.

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