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California Merlot Alphabetical Listing

These wines were tasted for the California Merlot alphabetical listing report in the November 30, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator magazine.


Wine Score Release Price
Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot Alexander Valley 2015 87 $20
Ancient Peaks Merlot Santa Margarita Ranch 2016 84 $20
Ballentine Merlot Napa Valley 2016 89 $35
Barnett Merlot Spring Mountain District 2015 90 $70
Benziger Signaterra Three Blocks Sonoma Valley 2014 89 $49
Beringer Merlot Napa Valley Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Single Vineyard 2015 91 $80
Blackbird Arise Napa Valley 2015 87 $54
Blackbird Illustration Napa Valley 2014 88 $135
Bogle Merlot California 2015 81 $9
Bonterra Merlot California 2015 85 $16
Calcareous Lloyd of Calcareous Paso Robles 2015 88 $62
Castello di Amorosa Merlot Napa Valley 2014 90 $42
Castle Rock Merlot Paso Robles 2016 83 $13
Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Blend Napa Valley 2015 89 $34
Chateau Souverain Merlot California 2016 84 $13
Chateau St. Jean Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2015 89 $40
Chateau St. Jean Eighty Five Fifty Five Sonoma County 2014 88 $NA
Cline Farmhouse Red California 2016 84 $13
Coho Merlot Coombsville Michael Black Vineyard 2013 90 $55
Comstock Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2015 86 $50
Covenant The Tribe Proprietary Red Sonoma County 2016 82 $38
Darcie Kent Choreography San Francisco Bay 2014 87 $45
Darioush Merlot Napa Valley Signature 2014 92 $58
Darioush Merlot Napa Valley Signature 2015 91 $58
Decoy Red Sonoma County 2014 88 $25
Decoy Red Sonoma County 2015 88 $25
Decoy Merlot Sonoma County 2016 85 $25
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2015 88 $54
Duckhorn Merlot Atlas Peak 2015 89 $75
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2015 91 $75
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2015 91 $98
Eco Terreno Three Vine Red Alexander Valley 2013 87 $27
Edna Valley Merlot Central Coast 2016 83 $15
Edna Valley Meritage Winemaker Series Paso Robles 2015 87 $40
Elizabeth Rose Chockablock Napa Valley 2016 87 $20
Essentially Geared Wine Co. Red California NV 83 $7
Fabio Viviani Fatty Pope Paso Robles 2015 89 $20
Ferrari-Carano Merlot Sonoma County 2015 89 $21
Fetzer Merlot California Eagle Peak 2016 80 $10
Flora Springs Merlot Napa Valley 2014 92 $30
Folie à Deux Merlot Alexander Valley 2016 87 $20
Frank Family The Riley Reserve Napa Valley 2014 90 $65
Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Reserve 2015 89 $20
Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Reserve 2016 88 $20
Frostwatch Merlot Bennett Valley 2014 88 $35
Geyser Peak Merlot California 2015 84 $13
Goldschmidt Fidelity Nick Goldschmidt Crazy Creek Estate Alexander Valley 2016 89 $17
Goldschmidt Merlot Dry Creek Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Salmon's Leap 2015 90 $20
Goldschmidt Merlot Alexander Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt Guidestone Rise 2016 88 $20
Grassini Merlot Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2015 88 $95
Hahn Merlot Central Coast 2016 84 $15
Hall Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $40
Happy Canyon Vineyards Piocho Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2014 89 $32
Hourglass Merlot Napa Valley Blueline Estate 2016 90 $NA
J. Lohr Cuvée POM Paso Robles 2014 90 $50
Kendall-Jackson Merlot Sonoma County Grand Reserve 2014 87 $26
Kenefick Ranch Merlot Calistoga 2014 87 $50
Kenwood Merlot Sonoma County 2014 88 $15
Kenwood Merlot Dry Creek Valley Six Ridges 2014 89 $26
Kirkland Signature Meritage Napa Valley 2014 89 $11
Kuleto Frog Prince Napa County 2015 88 $35
Kunde Estate Merlot Sonoma Valley 2015 87 $22
La Jota Merlot Howell Mountain 2014 93 $85
La Jota Merlot Howell Mountain 2015 93 $85
Larkmead Firebelle Napa Valley 2015 90 $165
Lewis Merlot Napa Valley 2015 91 $80
Longboard Merlot Russian River Valley Dakine Vineyard 2015 83 $36
Luna Merlot Howell Mountain 2014 92 $85
Luna Merlot Howell Mountain 2015 92 $85
Lyeth Sonoma County 2016 85 $20
Maddalena Merlot Paso Robles 2014 88 $18
Markham Cellar 1879 Blend Napa Valley 2015 88 $27
Matanzas Creek Merlot Alexander Valley 2015 89 $28
Matanzas Creek Encantadora Alexander Valley 2015 90 $45
Matanzas Creek Merlot Bennett Valley 2015 90 $50
Matanzas Creek Merlot Bennett Valley Jackson Park Vineyard 2015 91 $60
Matanzas Creek Journey Red Sonoma County 2015 91 $110
Materra Cunat Reserve Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 2013 90 $110
McManis Merlot California 2016 83 $10
Medlock Ames Estate Red Bell Mountain Estate Alexander Valley 2015 87 $38
Medlock Ames Merlot Alexander Valley Heritage 2015 88 $55
Medlock Ames Snakepit Alexander Valley 2015 90 $60
Mt. Brave Merlot Mount Veeder 2014 91 $75
Mt. Brave Merlot Mount Veeder 2015 91 $80
Murphy-Goode Merlot California 2014 85 $15
Napa Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $25
Napa Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2016 88 $25
Oak Grove Merlot California Family Reserve 2016 82 $9
Oberon Merlot Napa Valley 2016 88 $23
Opolo Merlot Paso Robles Summit Creek 2015 88 $20
Oso Libre Querida Adelaida District 2013 83 $36
Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2015 91 $90
Pedroncelli Friends Red Sonoma County 2016 87 $13
Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Classico Barrel Select 2016 88 $19
Pedroncelli Merlot Dry Creek Valley Bench Vineyards 2016 87 $18
Peju Merlot Napa Valley 2015 87 $42
Peju Fifty/Fifty Napa Valley 2015 89 $100
Pride Merlot Napa-Sonoma Counties 2014 91 $60
Pride Claret Reserve Sonoma-Napa Counties 2014 91 $145
Pride Merlot Sonoma County Vintner Select Cuvée 2014 90 $85
Pride Merlot Napa-Sonoma Counties 2015 89 $62
Pride Merlot Sonoma County Vintner Select Cuvée 2015 90 $85
Pride Claret Reserve Sonoma-Napa Counties 2015 91 $145
Provenance Merlot Napa Valley 2014 87 $40
Provenance Merlot Napa Valley Barrel Select 2014 87 $50
Purple Heart Sonoma County 2015 87 $20
Ramey Template Napa Valley 2015 89 $85
Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2015 89 $25
Rodney Strong Merlot Sonoma County 2014 89 $20
Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley 2015 90 $45
Roth Merlot Sonoma County 2015 83 $22
Round Pond Estate Proprietary Left Bank Blend Rutherford 2015 90 $85
San Simeon Merlot Paso Robles Estate Reserve 2014 90 $22
Sebastiani Merlot Alexander Valley 2015 88 $28
Smith Devereux Ibex Reserve Red Blend Napa Valley 2015 88 $40
Somerston Merlot Napa Valley IV 2014 87 $90
St. Francis Claret Sonoma County 2015 87 $22
St. Francis Merlot Sonoma County 2015 86 $22
St. Francis Merlot Sonoma Valley Behler Vineyard Artisan Collection 2015 88 $48
St. Francis Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve 2015 91 $52
St. Supéry Merlot Rutherford 2015 90 $50
Steele Merlot Lake County Stymie Founder's Reserve 2014 88 $42
Stewart Tartan Napa Valley 2015 92 $45
Stewart Merlot Napa Valley 2014 89 $40
Strala Napa Valley 2015 90 $48
SummitVine Diamant Summitvine Ranch Diamond Mountain District 2015 89 $58
Swanson Merlot Napa Valley 2015 88 $32
Tangley Oaks Merlot Mendocino County Lot 15 2015 84 $15
The Federalist Red Blend Aged In Bourbon Barrels Mendocino County 2016 84 $22
The Prisoner Wine Company Merlot Napa Valley Thorn 2015 90 $45
Toad Hollow Merlot Sonoma County Richard McDowell's Selection 2016 87 $16
Tortoise Creek Merlot Clarksburg The Revivalist 2016 80 $12
Trentadue Merlot Alexander Valley La Storia Block 500 2015 88 $26
Trunk Up Napa Valley 2015 88 $40
Tuck Beckstoffer Amulet Napa Valley 2015 90 $150
Venge Merlot Oakville Oakville Estate Vineyard 2015 93 $70
Vin Vault Merlot California NV 86 $22
Wine Cube Merlot California 2015 84 $NA