Can I tell you a secret? I like Merlot. I know that's not trendy or sophisticated, but sometimes, it just tastes good. Do we all really agree that a rash of cheap, overripe Merlots are the measure of an entire grape? Merlot gets most of its credit for supporting roles in Bordeaux and other French blends - it adds a softness and some dark fruit - but it can also stand on its own, when done right. I recently opened a bottle of Crosby Merlot and was pleasantly surprised. It was velvety and ripe; I even detected a hint of violets. If you are looking for a food-friendly, super affordable fall wine, check out this bottle. I won't tell anyone.
Crosby Merlot (2009)