Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot
Beringer’s historic Rhine House in St. Helena showcases a range of wines produced by the estate, including its outstanding single-vineyard Merlot from Howell Mountain, which Beringer has been making since the 1980s. (Beringer Vineyards)
Nov 30, 2019

These wines were tasted for the California Merlot tasting report in the November 30, 2019, issue of Wine Spectator magazine, by Kim Marcus. For a full analysis of the latest vintages and top wines and top values charts, read The Merlot Factor. WineSpectator.com members can find all reviews, with full tasting notes, in the Wine Ratings Search.

Wine Score Price
ANTHEM
Merlot Mount Veeder 2016 93 $80
APERTURE
Sugarloaf Vineyard Napa Valley 2016 92 $100
B CELLARS
Blend 27 Napa Valley 2016 90 $87
BANDIT
Merlot California NV 80 $10/1,000ml
BARNETT
Merlot Spring Mountain District 2016 91 $70
BEAULIEU VINEYARD
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 89 $25
BEHRENS FAMILY
Front Man Napa Valley 2015 91 $90
Saint Helen Napa Valley 2015 94 $125
BERINGER
Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Single Vineyard 2016 93 $90
BLACKBIRD
Arise Napa Valley 2016 90 $58
Illustration Napa Valley 2016 91 $135
BOGLE
Merlot California 2016 86 $10
BOOTLEG
Napa County 2015 91 $38
BROWN ESTATE
Chaos Theory Napa Valley 2017 88 $40
BYINGTON
Merlot Alexander Valley Tin Cross Vineyard 2015 89 $33
CALLUNA
CVC Calluna Vineyards Cuvée Chalk Hill 2016 91 $33
CANNONBALL
Merlot Sonoma County 2016 85 $35
CELANI FAMILY
Tenacious Napa Valley 2016 89 $70
CHAPPELLET
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 91 $45
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 92 $45
CHATEAU SOUVERAIN
Merlot California 2017 83 $13
CHATEAU ST. JEAN
Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2016 88 $45
CHIMNEY ROCK
Elevage Stags Leap District 2016 92 $110
CLOS DU VAL
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 90 $42
DARIOUSH
Merlot Napa Valley Signature 2016 92 $60
DECOY
Merlot Sonoma County 2017 83 $25
Red Sonoma County 2016 89 $25
DUCKHORN
Merlot Atlas Peak 2016 94 $78
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 90 $56
Merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2016 88 $78
Merlot Napa Valley Rector Creek Vineyard 2016 95 $100
Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2016 93 $110
EDNA VALLEY
Merlot Central Coast 2017 85 $16
EHLERS ESTATE
Merlot St. Helena 2016 89 $55
EMBANKMENT
Merlot Alexander Valley 2017 88 $22
EMBRAZEN
Red Blend California 2016 87 $16
FAUST
The Hour Napa Valley 2016 90 $90
THE FEDERALIST
Honest Red Blend Mendocino-Napa-Sonoma Counties 2016 88 $18
FLORA SPRINGS
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 88 $35
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 88 $30
FREI BROTHERS
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Reserve 2017 87 $20
FROSTWATCH
Merlot Bennett Valley 2015 90 $35
GHOST PINES
Merlot Sonoma-Napa Counties Winemaker's Blend 2016 84 $20
GOLDSCHMIDT
Fidelity Nick Goldschmidt Alexander Valley 2017 87 $18
Merlot Alexander Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Guidestone Rise 2017 89 $20
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Salmon's Leap 2017 87 $20
HAHN
Merlot Central Coast 2017 84 $15
HAWLEY
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Hawley Vineyard 2016 89 $40
HEARST RANCH
Merlot Paso Robles Pico Creek 2017 84 $32
HERON
Merlot California 2017 87 $15
HERTELENDY
Signature Mountain Red Napa Valley 2015 89 $135
WILLIAM HILL
Merlot Central Coast 2017 83 $17
JAMIESON RANCH
Merlot Napa Valley Versada 2016 84 $75
JOSH CELLARS
Merlot California 2017 84 $16
Merlot California 2016 84 $16
KENDALL-JACKSON
Merlot Bennett Valley Jackson Estate Taylor Peak 2016 91 $50
Merlot Sonoma County Vintner's Reserve 2015 84 $24
KENEFICK RANCH
Merlot Calistoga 2015 92 $50
KENWOOD
Merlot Sonoma County 2015 89 $16
KENZO
Murasaki Napa Valley 2016 93 $280
KIRKLAND SIGNATURE
Red Blend Napa Valley 2015 87 $11
KOKOMO
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Pauline's Vineyard 2016 88 $38
CHARLES KRUG
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 88 $25
LA JOTA
Merlot Howell Mountain 2016 95 $85
LARKMEAD
Firebelle Napa Valley 2016 90 $165
LEWIS
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 94 $80
J. LOHR
Cuvée POM Paso Robles 2015 88 $50
Merlot Paso Robles Los Osos 2017 85 $15
LONG MEADOW RANCH
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 87 $37
LUNA
Merlot Howell Mountain 2016 93 $85
Merlot Napa Valley Reserve 2016 90 $48
MATERRA
Right Bank Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 2014 90 $50
MERRYVALE
Merlot Napa Valley 2017 91 $50
MONTICELLO
Merlot Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Corley Family 2015 90 $45
MT. BRAVE
Merlot Mount Veeder 2016 94 $80
NAPA CELLARS
Merlot Napa Valley 2017 85 $25
NICKEL & NICKEL
Merlot Oakville Harris Vineyard 2016 92 $65
OPOLO
Merlot Paso Robles Summit Creek 2016 87 $20
PAHLMEYER
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 93 $90
PEDRONCELLI
Friends Red Sonoma County 2017 84 $14
PEJU
Fifty/Fifty Napa Valley 2016 88 $110
PLUMPJACK
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 92 $64
PRIDE
Claret Reserve Sonoma-Napa Counties 2016 92 $150
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 89 $62
THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY
Merlot Napa Valley Thorn 2016 91 $45
RAMEY
Template Napa Valley 2016 90 $85
MARTIN RAY
Courtney Benham Melange du Baum Stags Leap District 2015 89 $125
RAYMOND
Merlot Napa Valley Reserve Selection 2016 90 $24
Merlot Napa Valley Reserve Selection 2014 88 $24
Reserve Selection Napa Valley 2016 90 $40
ROMBAUER
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 90 $45
ROOTS RUN DEEP
Merlot Napa County Educated Guess 2016 87 $25
RUTHERFORD HILL
Barrel Select Napa Valley 2015 90 $35
Merlot Atlas Peak Limited Release 2014 88 $54
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $30
Merlot Oakville Limited Release 2014 89 $58
RUTHERFORD RANCH
Two Range Red Napa Valley 2016 89 $25
SHAFER
TD-9 Napa Valley 2016 88 $60
SHOOTING STAR
Merlot Lake County 2016 84 $15
SMITH & HOOK
Proprietary Red Wine Blend Central Coast 2015 91 $25
ST. FRANCIS
Claret Sonoma County 2016 87 $22
Merlot Sonoma County 2016 87 $22
ST. SUPÉRY
Merlot Rutherford 2016 91 $65
STERLING
Dark Red Blend Vintner's Collection California 2016 80 $12
Meritage Vintner's Collection California 2017 85 $12
Merlot California Vintner's Collection 2017 82 $12
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 90 $30
STEWART
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $40
Tartan Napa Valley 2016 91 $45
SUMMITVINE
Diamant Summitvine Ranch Diamond Mountain District 2016 92 $58
TRIG POINT
Merlot Alexander Valley Diamond Dust Vineyard 2017 87 $22
VÉRITÉ
La Muse Sonoma County 2016 92 $410
WHITEHALL LANE
Merlot Napa Valley 2016 90 $32
Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $28
Tasting Reports Red Wines Merlot California United States

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