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
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
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
Palmaris 2018 Reserve Estate Merlot
94 points
$22
A wonderfully sleek and appetizing merlot with fine varietal character and balance.
Weis Vineyards 2019  Merlot
94 points
$28
A delightfully sleek and savory Merlot with bright acidity that will be great at the table or with hors d'oeuvres.
Palmaris 2018 Reserve Merlot
94 points
$23
A vibrant and layered Merlot with great table appeal; drinks like a super Tuscan.
Chloe 2018  Merlot
94 points
$17
Best Buy
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
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
A bold, distinctive, wonderfully balanced Merlot for now or later; serve with excellent meals and excellent company.