You heard it here first, people: Merlot is the “IT” wine of the decade. Yes, forget what you know from Sideways: If you want a quality California red wine at a reasonable price, your best bet is going to be the Merlot for the foreseeable future. Why is this? Because demand for Merlot has been going down, leaving the remaining growers less pressured to increase yields… and more able to focus on quality.
The results are something like Twomey’s 2006 Merlot Napa Valley, which is 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Supple and ready to drink now, the 2006 shows cherry notes, raspberry, and a little black pepper on the finish. The body is moderate, the overall experience clean and authentic. $50 is on the pricey side for Merlot today, but this one may be worth it.
A- / $50 / twomeycellars.com