Apr 3rd 2006 3:04PM I totally agree that the merlot has been given a bad reputation. It tends to make bland wines in some areas, but in it's original area of predilection it makes stunning wines. Most if not all St-Emilions, like Cheval Blanc, are merlot blends, and the great Petrus of Pomerol, one of the most praised and expensive wines in the world, is 95% merlot with the remainder being cabernet franc...
Mar 29th 2006 4:07PM What does having a nice tasting wine has to do with knowing varietals, vintages, or terroir? You can appreciate and find great tasting wines without knowing anything about wine. If you taste it and you like it, it is a nice tasting wine, and knowing more details about it does not make it better tasting.