Merlot

Merlot is a red grape popular in Bordeaux and throughout the world. As one of the five Bordeaux varieties, it contributes fleshy, ripe dark fruit flavors with soft tannins and an overall supple texture to a blend, or produces an approachable and early-drinking wine on its own. It is a thick-skinned variety that ripens early, and its acclimation to many climates accounts for large amounts of Merlot existing in Italy, the United States, South America and elsewhere. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Merlot among our extensive Merlot wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Merlot reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Merlot, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2007 Masseto Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $460
A perfect wine from a classic vintage, the 2007 Masseto (100% Merlot from a 17-acre vineyard of the same name) opens with an unabashedly opulent bouquet of delicious blackberry, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, exotic spice and cinnamon. Masseto excels both in terms of quality of fruit and winemaking and delivers plush, velvety tannins and an extra long, supple finish…  — M.L.  (12/15/2010)
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Le Macchiole 2007 Messorio Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $320
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 variety. What elevates this particular expression and vintage is the true elegance and sophistication evident here. This is a huge wine, but it’s not exaggerated and the finish is as long and smooth…  — M.L.  (12/15/2010)
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2004 Masseto Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $250
Even better than the highly acclaimed 2001 vintage, this Merlot from a tiny, clay soil vineyard in Bolgheri is just about everything you’ve ever dreamed of tasting. Gorgeous, generous, voluptuous, cheerful, succulent and intense: Masseto is all those things. The aromas are seamless and capture the essence of chocolate fudge, sweet cherry, blackberry, spice and…  — M.L.  (4/1/2008)
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Mt. Brave 2008 Merlot (Mount Veeder)

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  1. $60
A tremendous achievement in Merlot. The vineyard, around 1,600 feet up on Mt. Veeder, is now owned by the Jackson family, and the winemaker is Chris Carpenter, who oversees Cardinale. In fact, this Merlot bears an uncanny resemblance to Cardinale in the dramatically ripe, sweet fruit and superb, tannin-based structure. It’s 100% Merlot, with hefty yet balanced…  — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
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Fattoria Petrolo 2007 Galatrona Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $135
Galatrona is an opulent, gorgeous wine (from the excellent 2007) vintage that shows the very best of Merlot in Italy. Thanks to a unique growing climate located between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, as well as extremely low vineyard yields, the wine feels soft and velvety and imparts long-lasting flavors of black cherry, lively spice, tobacco and cigar box. The true…  — M.L.  (12/15/2010)
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Le Macchiole 2006 Messorio Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $320
Messorio (a 100% expression of delicious Merlot) is a wine that has already reached elite cult status and for very good reason. The opulence, richness and overall pleasure factor are unbeatable and the wine is sophisticated, elegant and balanced at the same time. The long fade is characterized by vanilla, chocolate, espresso, cherry and blackberry.  — M.L.  (12/15/2010)
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Masseto 2010 Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $550
The phenomenal 2010 vintage shows why this wine is considered Italy’s top purebred Merlot. Revealing structure, finesse and mesmerizing depth, it delivers blackberries, currants, cedar, exotic spices and mocha alongside firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity. It’s well balanced with fantastic length and while it’s delicious now, hold for more complexity. Drink…  — K.O.  (5/1/2014)
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Tua Rita 2010 Redigaffi Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $350
An unforgettable expression of Merlot from coastal Tuscany, this ranks among the top-scoring icon wines of the world. Smooth and intense, this selection’s integration of fruit and oak-derived spice aromas is seamless. It feels silky yet firm, and it imparts beautiful cherry and chocolate flavors that last for many minutes. This is a keeper: Age it for 10 years or more.  — M.L.  (4/1/2013)
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