1998 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, Alexander Valley...


July 05, 2000|By Michael Dresser

1998 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, Alexander Valley ($18).

Many California merlots are rather one-dimensional and unstructured, but not this finely crafted, full-bodied wine. This complex wine offers abundant black cherry fruit, with notes of herbs and chocolate. While it's approachable now, it should improve in the bottle over the next three or four years. This would go beautifully with a standing rib roast or other imposing cut of beef. It's not inexpensive until you consider all the mediocre merlots that sell for $20 or more.

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