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Wine Find

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2005 R R Collection Merlot

From:

California

Price:

$15

Serve with:

Roast chicken, pork

This red wine - made by the folks who own the Napa Valley's Raymond Vineyards - brings excellent value and a high level of quality to the iffy category of California merlot. It shows surprisingly intense fruit, with pure blackberry, blueberry and black-cherry flavors and hints of herbs, chocolate and smoked meat. The blend includes 25 percent cabernet sauvignon - the maximum for a wine that's labeled a merlot. That's probably what makes it a success.

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