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
$24.99
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
Sharrott Winery 2018  Merlot
95 points
$25
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of pickled berries, horse blanket, leather, chocolate-studded toffee, smoked meats, vanilla latte, and roasted nuts with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A wild and free Merlot with balanced brett influence and an "all-natural" Francophone style.
Awards: 2020 Best New Jersey Vinifera Red
Working Dog Winery 2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
95 points
$34.99
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
Coda Rossa 2018  Merlot
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of blistered berries, grilled root vegetables, green bell pepper, fava beans, and earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long mixed berry tart, tomato leaf, caramel, white peppercorn, and tobacco finish with moderate oak flavor. A charmingly green and smoky Merlot with great body and lengthy finish.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Working Dog Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Merlot
94 points
$24.99
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
$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.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates Merlot
92 points
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baking spices, banana-coconut cream pie, leather, flamed orange, vanilla custard, and anise with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with suggestions of ganache with moderate oak flavor. A chewy and decadent, well-structured Merlot for sipping or to accompany a fine meal.
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Merlot
92 points
$22
Dark violet color. Aromas of ripe wild blueberries on greek yogurt, ripe plum, vanilla gelato, black raspberry, and sweet pea blossom with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long chocolate sponge cake, dried mint and hint of licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Vivid blue fruit and dreamy vanilla mingle in this palate-pleasing Merlot.