WHAT: Roy’s Hill Merlot (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
WHY: Here’s an emigrant Bordeaux blend (Cabernet and Merlot) that shows a slightly sunnier disposition than its French forebears. Same grapes, but coming from New Zealand’s acclaimed Hawkes Bay, they’re just a little more relaxed. Not better, just different.
PRICE: 750 ml/$15.85
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #24760)