2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Merlot ($11)
This dark Merlot from Washington state is so luscious that it’s hard to stop drinking it. A touch of spicy oak keeps the wine’s Rubenesque fruit from becoming overwhelming.
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2014 Clos du Bois North Coast Merlot ($12)
Frank Woods founded Clos du Bois in 1974 in pursuit of producing approachable, balanced wine. Over 40 years later, winemaker Melissa Stackhouse honors Frank's vision by crafting wines that are an expression of Old World sensibility in California.