Merlot Wines

Merlot Wines

Merlot Wine

Merlot is the only grape varietal in Bordeaux that can compete with Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes to influence and the amount planted each year. Taking its name from the French word for a blackbird, Merlot is a versatile wine when it comes to social scenarios and food pairings. This versatility also earns it a spot in various blended wines, further solidifying Merlot as a staple in French winemaking.

Merlot wines offer a massive collage of flavors to indulge in, depending on which bottle you end up purchasing. From the sensual plums and blackberries to the earthy graphite and cedar undertones, all the way to the inclusion of cocoa in some blends, Merlot wines always have an ace up their sleeve that will surprise you and urge you to experiment even further. As Robert Parker declares in his book, “great wines have the ability to both satisfy the senses and challenge the intellect.” You can drink from the same bottle multiple times and discover something new each time, leaving you to think about what kind of masterful technique made such an achievement possible.

The relatively high alcohol content (hovering between 13% and 14.5%, depending on region) and incredible flavor cement this wine as a staple alongside many different dishes, and enable its presence at almost any kind of social event. Even if you don’t plan on storing it for a longer period, Merlot wine is a great option if you just want a satisfying drink.
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  1. 1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    96
    WS
    Very pure, still showing cherry, plum and berry fruit aromas and flavors. Rich, intense and balanced, with a fine expression of ripe fruit, licorice, spice and mineral. Complete an..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,785.00
  2. 1994 tenuta dell'ornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1994 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    95
    VM
    The 1994 Masseto is not a wine I have had often, but it is so compelling tonight. The aromatics alone are totally beguiling. A whole range of floral, savory and spice notes are wov..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  3. 1995 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1995 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    94
    RP
    I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that Pahlmeyer's Merlot is now the finest being produced in California. One might quibble over other styles of Merlot, but no producer..." Learn More
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    As low as $195.00
  4. 1996 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    97
    RP
    The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it b..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  5. 1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    1996 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    93
    WE
    A rich, concentrated wine, bulging with ripe, extracted tannins. This is smooth and opulent, with flavors of fruitcake and an underlying spiciness from the wood. A delcious, powerf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,060.00
  6. 1997 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1997 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    96
    RP
    Pahlmeyer's 1997 Merlot may be the finest Merlot ever produced in California. A profound blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers gorgeous smoky, black cherry liqu..." Learn More
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    As low as $205.00
  7. 1998 radikon merlot Italy (Other)
    1998 Radikon Merlot
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    As low as $230.00
  8. 1999 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    98
    RP
    The awesome, saturated purple-colored 1999 Messorio is a 100% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak prior to being bottled without filtration. The alcohol is a lofty 14.6% and the dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  9. 1999 pahlmeyer merlot California Red
    1999 Pahlmeyer Merlot
    94
    WS
    A mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich, deep, plush and concentrated flavors, with tiers of currant, blackberry, raspberry and wild berry fruit. Well-integrated tannins smoo..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  10. 2001 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    97
    RP
    The 2001 Messorio, 100% Merlot, is not quite at the level of the 1997, one of the most perfect wines ever made in Tuscany, but it is pure sumptuousness and volume from start to fin..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  11. 2001 tenuta dell'ornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    JS
    This is clearly a perfect wine and just now starting to open and show you its sheer beauty. It's balanced with fascinating rosemary and dark fruit character that turns to plums and..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,845.00
  12. 2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    VM
    The 2004 Masseto, one of my personal favorites, is positively stellar. I have always adored the 2004 for its silky tannins, stunning aromatic presence and total finesse, all of whi..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,555.00
  13. 2005 falesco montiano Italy (Other)
    2005 Falesco Montiano
    92
    WS
    Very pretty mineral, blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Merlot. Best from 2008 thr..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  14. 2013 Miani Merlot Filip
    2013 Miani Merlot Filip
    95
    VM
    It is virtually impossible to pick a favorite between Miani’s 2013 Merlot Filip and the 2013 Merlot Buri; the former is flintier and fresher, the latter more voluptuous and u..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  15. 2015 chateau carignan cadillac cotes de bordeaux 'prima' Bordeaux Red
    2015 Chateau Carignan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 'Prima'
    93
    JS
    Blackcurrants, chocolate and violets follow through to a full body, round and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Beautiful merlot from old vines. Needs two or three years to sof..." Learn More
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    As low as $22.99
  16. 2016 guado al tasso bolgheri cont' ugo Super Tuscan/IGT
    2016 Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Cont' Ugo
    93
    VM
    The 2016 Cont'Ugo offers a super-appealing mix of rich, dark fruit and bright acids with notes of black cherry, graphite, plum, chocolate, savory herbs and leather. Another year in..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.99
  17. 2016 silverado merlot st. george vineyard California Red
    2016 Silverado Merlot St. George Vineyard
    92
    W&S
    Merlot thrives in the cool benchlands of Coombsville, tucked against the hills just east of the town of Napa. Silverado’s estate vineyard consistently produces a quietly rich..." Learn More
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    As low as $36.99
  18. 2018 chateau sergant Bordeaux Red
    2018 Chateau Sergant
    93
    VM
    The 2018 Sergant, which impressed from barrel, has a captivating bouquet of precise black cherry, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas that waft from the glass. The palate is well..." Learn More
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    As low as $23.95
  19. 2018 frei brothers merlot California Red
    2018 Frei Brothers Merlot
    97
    DEC
    Nicely perfumed with layers of red floral elements and a spectrum of just-ripe red fruits. Big, succulent black fruit on the velvety soft and mouthcoating palate, with a wonderful ..." Learn More
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    As low as $17.99
  20. 2018 trefethen family vineyards merlot oak knoll district California Red
    2018 Trefethen Family Vineyards Merlot Oak Knoll District
    92
    JS
    Lovely balance and firmness to this red with blackberry, ash, black-olive and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a tight tannin backbone and a fresh f..." Learn More
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    As low as $32.99
  21. 2019 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
    2019 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
    99
    VM
    The 2019 Siepi continues a trend towards greater finesse and nuance in this wine. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, licorice and plum meld together effortlessly in the glass..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $99.99
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