Top Merlot Wine

My wine reviews include Merlot wines with high scores for their superb quality and taste, and their prices often reflect this as they tend to be more expensive. These Merlot wines achieve a score of 90 points or higher out of 100 and are often the wines that have the greatest aging ability and are therefore great Merlot wines for your cellar. They are also often the top ranked wines on many lists, especially in fine restaurants, with ratings that reflect their craftsmanship. You'll also find my reviews of Merlot wines that are less expensive, but still represent great value. This is just a small set of my wine reviews: when you join my wine community, you can access all of my reviews.

Oyster Bay Merlot 2012
Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Gorgeously balanced merlot with attractive black plum notes and lots of toasty oak. Lively and vibrant, but not over-the-top, like the perfect dinner guest. Smooth and full-bodied with a long finish. Great price. Try this with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: rare roast beef, coq au vin, lamb chops. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot was reviewed November 23, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 692343  871 in stock
BC: 111310  2085 in stock
SAQ: 10826113  Check Stock
 

Concha Y Toro Marques De Casa Concha Merlot 2007
Peumo, Rapel Valley, Chile
Garrigue aromas of mixed dried herbs and cedar, blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied and rugged and very delicious. Terrific value for the price. Long finish. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2014  Price: $19.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot was reviewed October 2, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 939827  Check Stock
SAQ: 10694261  Check Stock
 

Freemark Abbey Merlot 2009
Napa Valley, California, United States
Fleshy yet subtle, full-bodied yet balanced. Loaded with ripe black plums. Lots of layers of pleasure. Alcohol: 14.4%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Price: $29.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot was reviewed October 27, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 1602  209 in stock
SAQ: 11075884  Check Stock
 

Vign. Jean-Bernard Saby & Fils Château Saint-André Corbin Merlot Blend 2006
A.C. St-Georges-St-Émilion, Bordeaux,, France
Vintages Wine Panel: This elegant Merlot-based wine features aromas and flavors of black cherry, mint, anise and menthol. Dry, but with lots of fruit up front, this features balanced acidity and unobtrusive tannins. Age it for up to 10 years. This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Concours Général Agricole in Paris, France. My note: There is plenty of ripe black fruits on the opening, followed by truffles, dark chocolate, savory meaty notes. Drinkers will be rewarded for patience in aging this one. Merlot Blend food pairings: prime rib, roasted root vegetables, blue cheese, Hungarian goulash, grilled aspargus. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2014  Price: $27.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot Blend was reviewed January 17, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 43810  Check Stock
 

Emmolo Merlot 2005
Napa Valley, California, United States
A bunny slippers by the fire kind of Merlot with dollops of fleshy ripe plums and dark berries and a nice seam of acidity. Round, supple, and immensely comforting. Merlot food pairings: beef bourguignonne, meatballs, chicken stir-fry, tacos, turducken, veal stuffed with sausage. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $38.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot was reviewed March 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 96024  Check Stock
 


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