I went over to my neighbor's apt for dinner last night and brought with me the ill-liked, half opened Chateau St Jean California Merlot. I was hoping they would like it so it wouldn't go to waste. Someone had brought the Francis Coppola Merlot, which I'd always wondered about, being so name-recognizable, which I'm sure notched up the price, which is why I never bought it.
It was very drinkable. Smooth, light, fruity. The other guests liked my Merlot, so I didn't feel as bad drinking theirs.