The warm, burnished, fruit-forward taste of Blackstone Merlot made an especially nice companion to my filet marsala last night. Blackstone produces a variety of excellent wines at its Sonoma County winery, but you can't go wrong by starting out with this basic merlot. Like most of your better merlots, this one walks a satisfying line between casual and complex, making it a good companion to entrees of similar character (like my simply-prepared filet mignon with a delicious, multi-faceted marsala sauce ladled over it prior to serving).
Blackstone Merlot costs a dollar or two more per glass in most restaurants compared to other selections offered, but doesn't quite go for premium prices. It's great for when you want something a little better than perfectly drinkable while trying to avoid emptying out your wallet completely.