Dalton Merlot Reserve 2007 ($34)
About merlot: Soft and smooth, merlot is a consistent crowd-pleasing red wine. In essence, there are two types of merlot: late-harvested merlot, which produces a wine of intense purple color and intense full body, and earlier-harvested merlot, which is lighter in body and alcohol but has more of a red fruit character (think raspberries and strawberries).
Why this merlot? Dalton Reserve 2007 is a late-harvested merlot with a great, light fruit flavor that’s well-balanced and not too overwhelming -- making it perfect for a large gathering of people with different tastes.