Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot
Hudson Vineyards’ Merlot Napa Valley Carneros Laughing Lands 2018 is one of the top-scoring wines of this report.
From the Dec 15, 2021, issue

Nearly 100 wines were reviewed by senior editor Kim Marcus for the California Merlot tasting report in the Dec. 15, 2021, issue of Wine Spectator. For a full analysis of the latest vintage and recommended wines, read “California Merlot Makes Its Case.” WineSpectator.com members can find full reviews, with full tasting notes, in the Wine Ratings Search.

Wine Score Price
ANCIENT OAK
Sappho Berger Vineyard Sonoma Mountain 2015 92 $80
B CELLARS
Blend 27 Napa Valley 2018 90 $89
BALLENTINE
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 91 $45
BARNETT
Merlot Spring Mountain District 2018 87 $70
BENZIGER
Merlot Sonoma County 2017 88 $19
BERINGER
Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Single Vineyard 2018 93 $90
CA' MOMI
Merlot Napa Valley 2019 87 $20
CASTLE ROCK
Merlot Paso Robles 2018 87 $11
CELANI FAMILY
Tenacious Napa Valley 2018 92 $70
CHAPPELLET
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 92 $50
CHIMNEY ROCK
Elevage Stags Leap District 2018 92 $110
COHO
Headwaters Napa Valley 2016 93 $55
Merlot Coombsville Michael Black Vineyard 2016 92 $55
CORNERSTONE
Merlot Oakville Oakville Station 2017 90 $85
CUVAISON
Merlot Napa Valley Los Carneros Small Lot Arcilla 2018 92 $70
DECOY
Merlot California 2019 87 $25
DRY CREEK
Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2018 90 $40
DUCKHORN
Merlot Atlas Peak 2018 92 $80
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 89 $56
Merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2018 89 $80
Merlot Napa Valley Rector Creek Vineyard 2018 91 $105
Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2018 94 $110
EHLERS ESTATE
Merlot St. Helena 2018 89 $65
FERRARI-CARANO
Merlot Sonoma County 2018 89 $21
FOLIE À DEUX
Merlot Alexander Valley 2018 87 $20
PETER FRANUS
Merlot Napa Valley 2017 87 $40
FREI BROTHERS
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Reserve 2018 88 $20
GOLDSCHMIDT
Fidelity Alexander Valley 2019 90 $20
Merlot Alexander Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Guidestone Rise 2019 88 $20
GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU
Merlot Sonoma Valley 2018 89 $35
Merlot Sonoma Valley Heritage Selection Estate Vineyard 2018 92 $65
HAGAFEN
Merlot Coombsville 2018 88 $42
HAHN
Merlot Central Coast 2018 83 $15
HAWLEY
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Hawley Vineyard 2017 90 $42
HESTAN
Merlot Napa Valley Stephanie 2016 88 $55
HIGHWAY 12
SRB Sonoma County 2018 89 $20
HOURGLASS
HG III Napa Valley 2018 91 $50
Merlot Napa Valley Blueline Estate 2018 92 $75
HUDSON VINEYARDS
Merlot Napa Valley Carneros Laughing Lands 2018 94 $95
Phoenix Napa Valley Carneros 2018 93 $65
JOSH CELLARS
Merlot California 2019 84 $17
KENDALL-JACKSON
Merlot Bennett Valley Jackson Estate Jackson Hills 2018 92 $50
Merlot Sonoma County Vintner's Reserve 2017 90 $24
KENWOOD
Merlot Mendocino-Sonoma Counties 2018 87 $15
CHARLES KRUG
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 90 $25
KUNDE FAMILY
Merlot Sonoma Valley 2018 89 $18
LA JOTA
Merlot Howell Mountain 2018 95 $85
LAIRD FAMILY
Merlot Napa Valley Suscol Ranch 2018 89 $60
LARKIN
Red Napa Valley 2018 82 $10 / 250ml
LARKMEAD
Firebelle Napa Valley 2018 93 $100
LEWIS
Merlot Napa Valley 2019 94 $80
J. LOHR
Cuvée POM Paso Robles 2017 89 $50
Merlot Paso Robles Los Osos 2019 89 $15
MAKER
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 83 $14 / 250ml
MARKHAM
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 91 $29
Merlot Napa Valley Estate Grown 2017 91 $50
LOUIS M. MARTINI
Merlot Napa Valley No. 254 2018 90 $85
MINER
Merlot Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard 2018 88 $50
SEAN MINOR
Nicole Marie North Coast 2019 88 $22
MIRA
Merlot Napa Valley Hyde Vineyard 2015 92 $89
MT. BRAVE
Merlot Mount Veeder 2018 93 $85
PAHLMEYER
Jayson Napa Valley 2018 93 $65
PALOMA
Merlot Spring Mountain District 2017 88 $66
PEDRONCELLI
Friends Red Sonoma County 2019 86 $14
Merlot Dry Creek Valley Bench Vineyards 2018 89 $18
PEJU
Fifty/Fifty Napa Valley 2018 89 $120
Fifty/Fifty Napa Valley 2017 93 $120
THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY
Merlot Napa Valley Thorn 2017 92 $45
RAYMOND
Merlot Napa Valley Reserve Selection 2018 91 $28
ROMBAUER
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 88 $45
Merlot Napa Valley Proprietor Selection 2018 88 $80
ROWEN
Red Sonoma County 600 R 2017 91 $150
RUTHERFORD HILL
Merlot Napa Valley 2019 91 $35
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 90 $30
SAISON
Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains Regan Vineyard 2017 88 $58
SHAFER
TD-9 Napa Valley 2018 89 $60
SILENUS
Merlot Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 2017 90 $45
SILVERADO VINEYARDS
Merlot Coombsville Mt George Vineyard 2017 89 $40
SMITH & HOOK
Proprietary Red Wine Blend Central Coast 2017 88 $25
ST. FRANCIS
Merlot Sonoma County 2018 87 $22
Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve 2017 91 $40
ST. SUPÉRY
Merlot Rutherford 2018 90 $68
Merlot Rutherford 2017 90 $60
STAGS' LEAP WINERY
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 88 $35
Merlot Stags Leap District Block 20 2018 92 $70
RODNEY STRONG
Merlot Sonoma County 2017 86 $20
SULLIVAN
Merlot Rutherford J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve 2018 89 $250
SUMMITVINE
Diamant Summitvine Ranch Diamond Mountain District 2017 91 $58
SUNSTONE
Eros Santa Ynez Valley 2018 88 $75
Merlot Santa Ynez Valley Reserve 2018 87 $65
TAMBER BEY
Merlot Yountville 2018 90 $75
TAUB FAMILY VINEYARDS
Merlot Oakville 2017 91 $45
WHITEHALL LANE
Merlot Napa Valley 2018 88 $34
Tasting Reports Red Wines Merlot California Napa Sonoma

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