I don't think you'll be disappointed with the '97 Judd's Hill Merlot; I've had the '95 and '96 and both bottlings were very, very nice. Laube says this winery is one to watch and I'd agree. $23 locally for the '97.
Also, you won't go wrong with the Ch. Ste. Michelle vineyard specific bottlings, especially the Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot. Washington vintages '94 thru '99 have all been outstanding; merlot from this AVA runs circles around most CA merlot, IMHO.
[ 09-04-2002, 09:18 PM: Message edited by: kybo ]