It's hard to find inexpensive Merlot that's good, but here's one. True, it's tannic. There's a numbing quality that stuns the palate. But there are pretty blackberry flavors, and it's very dry, with good acids. With the right foods, it will do just fine.
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Marshall Tilden III
From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.