The nose on this Merlot begins promisingly enough, with its cherry, deep spice and smoked edge, but on the palate, the wine is slightly rough and hot, and lacks the integration of a good Merlot. Still, pair it with the robust, flavorful food of Romania and it will make an apt cohort.
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Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006, when she moved from Sonoma, California, to Manhattan. Kostrzewa has written and edited wine, food and travel stories for the past 14 years, and oversees all editorial direction of Wine Enthusiast Magazine and WineMag.com, in addition to the tasting programs. Kostrzewa co-edited the Wine Enthusiast Wine & Food Pairings book and has co-authored numerous books on wine and travel in her career. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org