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

Jarvis 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
$310
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins and prunes, carob bar, spiced berries, and bacon bits and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long cassis tart a la mode, toffee, and chocolate fudge finish. An elegant, satiny Merlot that is drinking exquisitely right now.
Jarvis 2018  Merlot
95 points
$190
Garnet black color. Aromas of spicy berry pie, creamed honey, toffee, and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long pickled cherries, blueberries and beets, cedar, and cocoa finish. A sumptuous, flavorful Napa merlot with power and grace.
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of bacon wrapped dates, chocolate espresso bean, bubbly berry pie crust, and bbq sweet potato chip with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of plum tart, spiced nuts, and cedar with chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
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
Palmaris 2018 Reserve Estate Merlot
94 points
$22
Garnet black color. Aromas of berry cream pastry, ripe plum, chocolate mousse, and hint of aloe vera and pencil case with a full body and a long creme brulee, spiced nuts, blueberry pancakes, and black cherry finish. A wonderfully sleek and appetizing merlot with fine varietal character and balance.
Palmaris 2018 Reserve Merlot
94 points
$23
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, white chocolate macadamia cookie, and boysenberry jam with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, long finish with accents of plum tart and ground almond with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and layered Merlot with great table appeal; drinks like a super Tuscan.
Chloe 2018  Merlot
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of fine leather, tiramisu, roasted cherries, and fine black pepper with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, very complex, very long pickled plums, suede, and roasted nuts in chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. A decadent Merlot with the varietal’s hallmark plushness; delicious depth of flavor.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Merlot
94 points $17 Best Buy
Jarvis 2016  Merlot
94 points
$150
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherry and vanilla latte with a satiny, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish conveying notes of ripe bing cherry, mace, stewed raspberry, and cedar with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous Merlot that delights in red and black fruits laced with vanilla and baking spice finishes strong and smooth
Basalt Cellars 2016  Merlot
94 points
$30
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted dark chocolate, dark-roasted espresso beans, hints of earth, and lingonberry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing touches of ripe plum, candied ginger, and chai latte with moderate oak flavor. A bold, distinctive, wonderfully balanced Merlot for now or later; serve with excellent meals and excellent company.
Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Merlot
94 points
$35
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, apricot tart, red and black licorice, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long finish with accents of coconut, almond, and dried pineapple with moderate oak flavor. A balanced, never-heavy Merlot with distinctive Temecula flair; enjoy peachy nuances and a highly drinkable style.