It's hard to find this quality in Cabernet at this particular price point, but possible.
The movie Sideways unjustifiably gave Merlot a bad name. It was a curse then a blessing. The result is some of the most outstanding wine out of Napa Valley for 35 bucks or less.
Basically, I view Merlot as a sweeter version of Cabernet with fewer tannins. Nothing wrong with that; just not as age worthy.
The only drawback Merlot has is that there is a varietal that has all the good qualities of Merlot and then some. It is just as good a deal price wise, and it is far more rich and decadent for the same price in the most illustrius Napa AVAs.
And that varietal is Zinfandel. I've been drinking wine for a very long time and have finally found my style: Napa Valley, Oakville AVA, Rombauer Vineyards.
My opinion? If you're interested in high quality Napa Valley wine for a reasonable price, the place emphasis on Zinfandel over Merlot.
The only exception is if Zinfandel is too sweet for you. In this case, focus on Merlot. The best deals in Napa are currently in Merlot.
Get a bottle of the latest vintage of Stag's Leap Merlot. It's 35 dollars a bottle and worth every penny. One of the best deals going in Napa right now.
Born in 1980 and raised in Halifax, England, Kris Chislett now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Denise, their cat Maisy and his overflowing collections of Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Decanter magazines.
When it comes to wine, Kris drinks only the most prestigious, most expensive wines from around the world (when someone else is paying). The rest of the time he keeps his wine purchases to around $20, $30 if it’s a special occasion. He has been in the hospitality industry since the age of 15, working everything from fine dining banquets serving English dignitaries, right through to McDonalds (he lasted 2 weeks under the Golden Arches).
Kris is one of only a few Certified Sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers) and Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) in North-East Florida. He created BlogYourWine.com (and its networked websites) in order to give people the resource he never had: an unpretentious, user-friendly, fun, interactive guide to the world of wine.
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