Wine Find

Wine Find

August 20, 2008|By [Michael Dresser]

2005 Merryvale Merlot

From: Napa Valley, Calif.

Price: $35

Serve with: Beef, lamb

It's a rare California merlot that makes a solid case that its vineyard wouldn't have been better planted with cabernet sauvignon. This is one of them. It's a meaty yet velvet-textured red wine with concentrated black-cherry fruit and hints of herbs and chocolate. There's better-than-average complexity here and a drawn-out finish. Though accessible young, it has the structure to age well for five-10 years.

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