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by Fred McMillin
for September 21, 2000

 

A Merlot to Love


Prologue

Charles Krug

A picnic at today's winning winery.

Your author conducted the tastings on the buses to the winery.

"Recommend a good Merlot that won't bust my budget."

...WineDay viewer "Merlot Mac"

Dear Merlot Mac,

A lot of Merlots under $20 have not been good enough to merit a RECOMMENDED rating, but here are those that made the cut. The best one is listed last, but the others are good, also.


Good Merlots

Rank Price Year The Wine
9th $9 '97 Errazuriz (Robert Mondavi), Curico Valley, Chile
8th $14 '96 Fetzer Barrel Select, North Coast, CA.
7th $13 '97 Sterling, Central Coast, CA.
6th $16 '97 Beaulieu, Napa Valley, CA.
5th $14 '96 Beaucanon, Napa Valley, CA.
4th $14 '97 Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley, Bench Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA.
3rd $15 '97 Fetzer Barrel Select, Sonoma County, CA.
2nd $10 '97 Farallon (Sebastiani), North Coast, California
1st —It is our...

Wine of the Day

Charles Krug Merlot, Napa Valley, $16
Composition—80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging—13 mo. in French and American oak at the winery plus two more years in my cellar, so this was the 1996. Suggest you do the same...buy two bottles of the '97, the current release. Try one now and one in the year 2002.
Contact—Ken Freeze, (800) 710-9333, FAX (925) 370-9811
More on Krug—See WineDay Jan. 8, 1999 titled, "How To Start A Winery".


Postscript

This Merlot constitutes less than 1% of Krug production, that totals nearly one million cases a year!

 

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers. 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.

 
 


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