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 dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,800.00
  2. 1994 tenuta dellornellaia 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. 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
  4. 1996 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    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 $1,085.00
  5. 1997 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    JS
    This is the first legendary Masseto. It shows a tangy and exciting character on the palate with dried berry and strawberry character. Fabulous and energetic acidity with firm tanni..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,175.00
  6. 1998 radikon merlot Italy (Other)
    1998 Radikon Merlot
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    As low as $230.00
  7. 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 $450.00
  8. 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
  9. 2001 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    96
    RP
    This was a cooler year on Coastal Tuscany and the 2001 Messorio shows the signs of a slower and more prolonged evolution. The summer months were slightly cooler than average with m..." Learn More
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    As low as $340.00
  10. 2004 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    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 $3,585.00
  11. 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
  12. 2007 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2007 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    99
    WE
    Here's a “wow” wine you won't easily forget. Messorio is all Merlot, and happily delivers the softness, richness and overall opulence that we love in this noble grape v..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  13. 2013 Miani Merlot Filip
    2013 Miani Merlot Filip
    94+
    AG
    The 2013 Merlot Filip is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Today, the wine is tightly wound and still in a phase of bottle shock. Savory aromatics, dried ros..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 2017 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2017 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    97
    JS
    This wine shows beautiful clarity and class on the nose with roses, tar, currants, green and black olives and plums. It’s exceptionally fine-tannined with such polish and fin..." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
  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 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
  20. 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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