About Merlot Red Wine

About Merlot Red Wine
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Top Picks for Merlot

Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva Merlot
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of red cassis, wet earth, bay leaf, thyme, tannery, and dried mushrooms with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, medium-long mostarda finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak. Layers of earthy flavors evolve on the palate; sip with steak.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Chilean Merlot Exceptional Value
94 points $20 Best Buy
Jason-Stephens Winery 2014  Merlot
94 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas of stewed berries and plums, pine, ink, roasted jalapeño, and coconut layer cake with toasted pecans with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, charming, medium-long toasted rosemary-olive bread, chocolate genache, and suede finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An ageable merlot with inky concentration and craveable fruit.
Jarvis 2013 Estate Grown Merlot
93 points
$105
Dusty black violet color. Oaky aromas of black licorice, strawberry confection, eclair, dill, and leather with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long chocolate silk pie with nut brittle, rosemary, black olives, and fudge finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A dark and sultry merlot with great concentration and rich chocolatey style.
Greyscale 2015  Merlot
93 points
$44
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of dried berries, rosewood, black pepper, and fertile earth with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, intricate, long raspberry tart, tea leaves, cinnamon, and fine cigarettes finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A big, bold, sophisticated Merlot to impress your guests with.
Wine Spots 2014  Merlot
93 points
$29
Ruby color. Oaky, elegant aromas of polished fine furniture, ripe forest berries, curaçao oranges, and white peppercorns with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, involved, medium-long cranberry relish, walnut, and blackberry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich and dry, sophisticated Merlot full of exquisite oak.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
Cline 2014 Block Eight Merlot
93 points
$29.99
Garnet black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, cinnamon, bergamot, cranberry sauce, and orange zest with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long clove, juniper, chocolate genache, braised pumpkin, and brown sugar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A superbly complex and distinctive herbal wine with a evolving finish; a must-try.
Awards: 2017 Top 6 Best Merlot
93 points $29.99
Jarvis 2013 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$230
Garnet black color. Aromas of bouillon, carob, raspberry bush, marinated strawberry, tar, violets, and fire-roasted tomato ragu with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, long pepper sauce, ripe plum, cinnamon-chocolate, and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and savory merlot that will effortlessly complement a good meal; quite complex.
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2015  Merlot
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of cherry hand pie, peppered pastrami, blueberry compote, and magnolia blossom with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length leather, carob, black licorice, and firm plum finish with chewy tannins. A powerful, dry, chewy merlot for rich meals; great for Cab-drinkers.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Merlot
91 points
$20.99
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of ivory, charcoal briquettes, eucalyptus, juniper, fine soap, and cracked pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long raspberry macaron, black cassis, allspice, and black mint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.
91 points $20.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017  Merlot
91 points
$19
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of ivory, charcoal briquettes, eucalyptus, juniper, fine soap, and cracked pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long raspberry macaron, black cassis, allspice, and black mint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.