List Page Learn About Content Graphic

California Merlot

Learn about California Merlot, common tasting notes, defining characteristics and more ...

undefined, null

Today the fourth most widely planted red variety in the state, Merlot has much to offer. While it bears similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon (its half-sibling), it tends to be lower in both acidity and tannins, giving Merlot wines a mouthfeel that is often perceived as soft, round and plush. These qualities make it an ideal blending partner for Cabernet, the two complementing each other throughout.

Merlot arrived relatively late to the California wine scene. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when producers like Louis Martini, Sterling and Matanzas Creek—influenced by European Merlot blends—began crafting single varietal versions. These trend-setting bottles opened the eyes of others in the California wine scene and spurred increased plantings. From there, the variety’s lush drinkability led to a surge in popularity, then overplanting (some of it on unsuitable sites) and finally a backlash that was turbo-charged by the infamous 2004 film, Sideways. What most viewers didn't realize was that, as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

Fine examples of California Merlot—either as a single varietal wine or as part of a blend—can be found from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Central Coast and most regions around the state. Merlot wines offer a ripe, sensual mouthful of plummy fruit, suggestions of mint, herbs and vanilla, all carried along by an approachable structure and often, a great potential for improving with age.

Filter by
16 Items
16 Items
  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
      4.2 26 Ratings
      Price per bottle
      Currently Unavailable $28.99
      Try the
      28 99
      28 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Josh Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Josh Cellars Merlot 2019
      Merlot from California
        4.0 11 Ratings
        Price per bottle
        Currently Unavailable $13.99
        Try the
        13 99
        13 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
        McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2019
        Merlot from California
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Price per bottle
          Currently Unavailable $10.99
          Try the
          10 99
          10 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Ca'Momi Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Ca'Momi Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Price per bottle
            Currently Unavailable $16.99
            Try the
            20
            16 99
            Save $3.01 (15%)
          • Apothic Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Apothic Merlot 2019
            Merlot from California
              3.9 6 Ratings
              Price per bottle
              Currently Unavailable $12.99
              Try the
              12 99
              12 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Wente Sandstone Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Price per bottle
                Currently Unavailable $14.99
                Try the
                14 99
                14 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Dante Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Dante Merlot 2019
                Merlot from California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Price per bottle
                  Currently Unavailable $14.99
                  Try the
                  14 99
                  14 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Textbook Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Textbook Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                    3.5 6 Ratings
                    Price per bottle
                    Currently Unavailable $27.99
                    Try the
                    27 99
                    27 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Simi Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Simi Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Price per bottle
                      Currently Unavailable $18.99
                      Try the
                      18 99
                      18 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
                        4.1 5 Ratings
                        Price per bottle
                        Currently Unavailable $23.99
                        Try the
                        23 99
                        23 99
                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                      • Firestone Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Firestone Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Price per bottle
                          Currently Unavailable $23.99
                          Try the
                          23 99
                          23 99
                          Save $0.00 (0%)
                        • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                          • WW89
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Price per bottle
                          Currently Unavailable $21.99
                          Try the
                          21 99
                          21 99
                          Save $0.00 (0%)
                        • Camp Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Camp Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                            2.8 6 Ratings
                            Price per bottle
                            Currently Unavailable $21.99
                            Try the
                            21 99
                            21 99
                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                          • Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                              Price per bottle
                              Currently Unavailable $23.99
                              Try the
                              23 99
                              23 99
                              Save $0.00 (0%)
                            • Fiftyrow Vineyards Moon Merlot 2019
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                Price per bottle
                                Currently Unavailable $64.99
                                Try the
                                64 99
                                64 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                • RP95
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                Price per bottle
                                Currently Unavailable $79.99
                                Try the
                                79 99
                                79 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

                              Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
                              Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

                              It's easy to make the switch.
                              Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

                              Yes, Update Now

                              Search for ""

                              Processing Your Order...