Merlot has traditionally been used to blend softness and richness into Cabernet blends, but now has become one of the most popular red wines from California. The 1999 Francis Coppola Diamond Series Blue Label Merlot is generous and opulent. It is made with small amounts of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to add personality and lifting aromatics. The Merlot is aged in new to three-year-old French oak barrels for eight months. Aromas of berries and blackberry pie from the fruit stand out in the nose t...
Wine SpectatorRating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/01