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
An elegant, satiny Merlot that is drinking exquisitely right now.
Awards: 2022 Best Merlot
Mira Winery 2016 Hyde Vineyard Merlot
95 points
$75
An absolute delight; a fully ripe to the edge of brooding, red and black fruit loaded Merlot with just the right amount of oak.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020  Merlot
95 points
$24
Juicy red fruits meld with balanced espresso and cocoa tones from the French oak; an exceptionally well crafted new world Merlot.
Peace Water 2020 Mellow Brick Road Merlot
95 points
$44
A delicious Merlot heavy blend for a cool winter's eve and rich foods, this luxurious red will integrate and improve with age.
Jarvis 2018  Merlot
95 points
$190
A sumptuous, flavorful Napa merlot with power and grace.
Peller Estates 2020 Family Reserve Merlot
95 points
$10
Best Buy
A rich, oak-forward Merlot with bright fruit and grippy tannins that is a real pleasure to savor.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Provenance Vineyards 2019  Merlot
94 points
$34
Bold ripe black and red fruit balanced with rich vanilla cream barrel flavors and aromas; pair with beef tenderloin and a smile.
Bianchi 2019 Signature Selection Merlot
94 points
$42
A rich and ripe, extremely clean and well executed Merlot with amazing complexity.
Bright Leaf Vineyard 2018 Estate Bottled Merlot
94 points
$18
Best Buy
A lovely fruit forward Merlot with savory herbs and delicate oak treatment in an Old World style.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Chloe 2019  Merlot
94 points
$17
Best Buy
An impressive textbook Merlot that is well balanced between fruit and savory notes.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Exceptional Value
94 points $17 Best Buy