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by Fred McMillin
Do Young Merlots Taste
|8th||-||Cabernet||$12, Beringer Founders' Estate Cab, California|
|7th||-||Cabernet||$16, Tobin James Cab, Paso Robles|
|6th||-||Cabernet||$14, Sagelands Vineyard Cab, Columbia Valley, Washington|
|5th||-||Merlot||$17, Geyser Peak Merlot, Sonoma County|
|4th||-||Cabernet||$10, R.H. Phillips Cab, Dunnigan Hills|
|3rd||-||Merlot||$13, Sterling Merlot, Vintner's Collection, Central Coast|
|2nd||-||Merlot||$9, Dunnewood Merlot, Mendocino County|
And here's the best...
|1st||-||Merlot||$18, Chateau Souverain Merlot, Alexander Valley|
Cab boosters say: We won half the matches.
Young Merlots are NOT more drinkable.
Merlot boosters say: Our Merlots had higher ratings than your Cabs.
Young Merlots DO taste better.
Conclusion—buy the varietal you prefer, even if it's young.
Thanks to Ophie Mercado for much help, and to the 22 tasters for this article, including John Christensen and Dr. Linus Hollis.
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
This page created September 2003