Benziger 2008 Merlot
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Although many Merlot vines were uprooted in the wake of "Sideways" and replanted with Pinot Noir, this Bordeaux varietal retains a loyal following. The 2008 Merlot from Benziger Family Winery is sourced from certified sustainable fruit grown in Carneros, Dry Creek and Sonoma Valley. A medium- to full-bodied wine, it displays jammy fruit flavors with a touch of pepper and nutmeg rounded out by smooth tannins. Pair it with simple foods like brisket and burgers.