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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 1998 radikon merlot Italy (Other)
    1998 Radikon Merlot
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    As low as $230.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 2001 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    96
    AG
    The 2001 Messorio is virtually impossible to fully appreciate in this setting because it is so many years away from maturity. The fruit is breathtaking in its beauty but remains qu..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  7. 2004 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    AG
    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 $3,249.00
  8. 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
  9. 2006 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2006 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    RP
    The wine that most delighted me at this historic tasting of Tuscany's most iconic wines was the 2006 Masseto. This is a wine of sheer power, bliss, opulence, infinity and sublime s..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $6,099.00
  10. 2015 chateau carignan cadillac cotes de bordeaux prima Bordeaux Red
    2015 Chateau Carignan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 'Prima'
    91
    JS
    (Château Carignan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France) Very floral and pretty with currant and violet character. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. I..." Learn More
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    As low as $22.99
  11. 2018 trefethen family vineyards merlot oak knoll district California Red
    2018 Trefethen Family Vineyards Merlot Oak Knoll District
    92
    DEC
    Sweet American oak spice, vanilla, savoury notes, and a lovely delicate floral charm. A ripe tannin finish with a chocolately finish.Decanter | 92 DECLovely balance and firmness to..." Learn More
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    As low as $32.99
  12. 2019 masseto Italy Red
    2019 Masseto
    99
    JS
    Intense aromas of blackberries and black olives, together with hints of rosemary bush and lavender. Perfumed and nuanced. Full-bodied, yet so tight and integrated, with weightless ..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  13. 2019 mazzei castello di fonterutoli siepi Super Tuscan/IGT
    2019 Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Siepi
    99
    AG
    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 $399.00
  14. 2019 sette ponti sette merlot toscana Italy Red
    2019 Sette Ponti Sette Merlot Toscana
    97
    JS
    Wow. Lots of depth and richness on the nose, with red fruit that then turns to blue and violet fruit with attractive wood and tapenade notes. Full-bodied and very layered with ripe..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
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