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Suggest a good CA/WA merlot?

I'm looking to add some domestic merlot to my cellar, but I could use some suggestions. What producers do you like in the $15-$35 range? I guess I'm looking for something soft, with limited tannin, but not a "fruit bomb" either.

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  1. Storrs Winery in Santa Cruz has been a consistent favorite of mine for quite some time -- like maybe 12-15 years now. (Warning: in the spirit of full disclosure, I used to work for Storrs 1990-1995; however, I pay full retail and STILL buy it!) ;^)

    L'Ecole No. 41 from Washington is another one of my favorites.

    Both, IMHO, are worth seeking out regardless of price. The fact that they're in your price range makes them all that much better.

    1. I've enjoyed the merlot from Robert Sinskey, but don't have the price off the top of my head.

      1. I'm not sure it's cellar-worthy, but I'm interested to hear what people think of the J. Lohr Paso Robles merlot. I've taken to it as a nice default house wine when nothing else looks interesting at the supermarket.

        1. Columbia Crest has a lot of fans and it's cheap.

          1. northstar merlot from washington is a bit on the high end, but earthy and rich.

            pine ridge {ca} makes nice merlot, look for the "crimson creek" label.