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Merlot grapes growing the French wine region of Bourg AOC on the right bank of Bordeaux.

Merlot is the most widely cultivated grape in the Bordeaux region. The name is derivative of an Old French word for "young blackbird" (“merle”), probably to indicate the dark color of the grape. The medium-bodied wine often has notes of red berries, blackberry, strawberry, black cherry and plum, as well as hints of cedar, tobacco, chocolate and fruitcake. The best previously featured Merlots we've tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.

Blackbird Vineyards
2004 Proprietary Red Wine
Napa Valley, CA
16.5/20

$80

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Duckhorn Vineyards
2004 Howell Mountain Napa Valley Red Wine
Howell Mountain, CA
16.5/20

$75

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Farella-Park Vineyards
1995 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
16.5/20

$65

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Cosentino Winery
2002 Reserve Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
15.5/20

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Barlow
2004 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
15/20

$18

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Hall
2003 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
15/20

$28

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Korbin Kameron Vineyards
2004 Mount Veeder Merlot
Sonoma Valley, CA
15/20

$46

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PlumpJack
2004 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
2004 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
15/20

$42

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Clos Du Val
2004 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$26

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Trefethen
2002 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20
$30

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Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards
2004 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14.5/20

$28

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Columbia Winery
2004 Merlot
Columbia Valley, Washington
14/20

$16

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D'Argenzio
2002 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14/20

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Grgich Hills
Merlot 2003 Estate Grown
Napa Valley, CA
14/20

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Hogue Cellars

2003 Reserve Merlot
Columbia Valley, WA
14/20

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Irony

2002 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14/20

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MacRostie Winery
2004 Napa Valley Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14/20

$28

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Mayacamas
2001 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA
14/20

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Pietra Santa Winery
2003 Merlot
Cienega Valley, CA
14/20
$15

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Ravenswood Winery
2004 Merlot
Sonoma County, CA
14/20
$18

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Robledo Family Winery
1999 Merlot
Carneros, CA
14/20

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Sagelands
1998 Merlot
Columbia Valley, WA
14/20

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Beaulieu Vineyard
2004 Coastal Estates Merlot
California
13.5/20
$9

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Brucher
1999 Merlot
Santa Barbara County, CA
13.5/20

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Canoe Ridge
2000 Merlot
Columbia Valley, WA

13.5/20

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Sterling Vineyards
2004 Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot
California
13.5/20
$13

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William Hill Winery
2002 Merlot
Napa Valley, CA

13.5/20

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Casa Nuestra
1999 Napa Valley Estate Merlot
Napa, CA
13/20

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Pighin
1998 Merlot Friuli Grave
Friuli, Italy
13/20

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Summerland Winery
2001 Merlot
Central Coast, CA
13/20

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