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

Amalthea 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Mature aromas of tomato leaf, ripe cherry, graphite, geranium, leather patina, vanilla scented tobacco, and olives with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, very complex, very long cedar incense, dried figs, black tea, cigars, hint of violet, damson plum, and licorice finish with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. Astoundingly skillful use of oak makes for an uncommonly silky red with intense, complex notes of fine tobacco, tea, and leather; absolutely a must-try.
96 points $24.99
Working Dog Winery 2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
95 points
Dark dusty violet color. Complex aromas of dried berries, black tea, cured meats, patent leather, and toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, long tomato leaf, rosemary, chocolate sorbet, and cigar box finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. This upstanding New Jersey Merlot is well-refined, impeccably balanced, and completely delicious; pair with steak dinner tonight.
95 points $34.99
Working Dog Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Merlot
94 points
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe Montmorency cherry, tiramisu, and dried herbs with a velvety, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long marinated grape leaves, custard, tea leaves, aniseed, and leather finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Great balance and decadent texture make this a knockout New Jersey Merlot; great depth and terroir.
94 points $24.99
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
93 points
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry tart, espresso, and peony blossom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish that shows notes of black tea and pomegranate with light oak flavor. A fresh, tender Merlot with bright fruit and cellarable style.
Kestrel 2014 Falcon Series Merlot
93 points
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of cherry blossom, cola, dill, red licorice, and clover with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and an even, nuanced, long soy-glazed plums finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced and intriguing Merlot that offers an upstanding meal companion.
Red Hat Vineyards 2017 Four Sisters Ranch Merlot
92 points
Dusty deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of raspberry cordial, sarsaparilla, vanilla bean, and pastry crust with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of candied citrus, blueberry jam, saffron, and mocha latte with heavy oak flavor. A stylish juicy, jammy Merlot with rich and velvety texture.
Palmaris 2017 Reserve Merlot
92 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of lime leaf, ripe blood orange, powdery florals, musk, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, very long candied almond, chocolate genache, plum preserves, nutmeg, cherry, and tomato vine finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A perfumed, twisting, turning Merlot with lots of complexities to discover.
92 points $28.95
White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve Merlot
92 points
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and berry syrup on buttered pancakes with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of maple roasted nuts and cedar with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, lively and chewy merlot that is sure to please and will cellar well.
Chloe 2016  Merlot
91 points
Best Buy
Ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, deep fried dill pickle, and coconut berry pie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting notes of pickled cherries, cocoa-dusted almonds, and cedar. A lush and satisfying Merlot with ripe fruit and satiny, creamy oak.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Jarvis 2014  Merlot
91 points
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry tart, roasted nuts, cinnamon pastry, plush leather, bacon, and dill with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long raspberry jam, mocha, toasted artisan baguette, and walnut butter finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brooding Merlot with sumptuous texture and stately oak flavor.