Merlot

Merlot simply rocks. Once firmly derided as a “flabby” grape suitable for blending or some deranged and misguided wine enthusiast who obviously didn’t know anything. Merlots today are much improved offering serious balance and some food friendly tannin and acid. The judges this year seemed to prefer American and Canadian examples which warms my heart. Definitely give them a try, I know you’ll be impressed too. Tom Firth

BEST IN CLASS

Wente 2015 Sandstone Merlot
Livermore Valley, United States
$18-20 CSPC 171025

 

 

 

 

 

TOP VALUE

Monster Vineyards 2016 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$17-19 CSPC 873422 (2015) (2016) (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

JUDGES SELECTION

La Storia 2015 Merlot
Alexander Valley, United States
$31-34 CSPC 753300

 

 

 

 

 

McManis 2015 Merlot
California, United States
$20-23 CSPC 715934

 

 

 

 

 

Tinhorn Creek 2015 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$25-28 CSPC 530725 (2015) (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

Castoro de Oro 2016 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$24-27 CSPC 778355 (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

The Social Collection 2016 Bin # 110 Merlot
California, United States
$22-24 CSPC 797579

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