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 finish with touches of mostarda with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. 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 flavor. An ageable merlot with inky concentration and craveable fruit.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
93 points
$32
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
$25
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.
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 flavor. A dark and sultry merlot with great concentration and rich chocolatey style.
White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$34
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.
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 flavor. A rich and savory merlot that will effortlessly complement a good meal; quite complex.
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 an effortless, refreshing, medium-long raspberry macaron, black cassis, allspice, and black mint finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.
91 points $20.99
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Merlot
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Spicy, smoky aromas of pimento, brined olives, cinnamon, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long blackberry handpie, smoky tobacco, and marinated root vegetables finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy and stylish merlot with great concentration and loads of savory, salty goodness.
91 points $10.99 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 flavor. An exotically herbal, fantastically balanced merlot that is at once approachable and serious.
91 points $20.99