by Fred McMillin
for September 17, 1997
Merlot Magic, for Only $10
Prologue: Chateau Julien Winemaker Bill Anderson: "Our 1995 Grand Reserve 100% Merlot is eminently drinkable...full of berry and vanilla flavors."
The Rest of the Story: In 1982, Patty and Bob Brower liked what they saw... Stanford graduate...then winemaking at UC-Davis...so they hired Bill Anderson to make their first Chateau Julien vintage then and there. Fifteen years and 2,000 awards later, it's clear that they made the right decision. For example, Bill modestly says this $10 '95 Merlot is "eminently drinkable." I'll say it is. My current series of tastings has been going on for nine years. This julien is the most pleasing $10 merlot we've ever tasted! Over and out.
Postscript: If the budget permits, after you've savored this $10 bargain, move up in intensity to the $16 Chateau Julien '95 Private Reserve...600 cases...available only at the winery.
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