Smooth, velvety, delicious and made using the appassimento method, the Gran Passione Rosso.60% Merlot and 40% Corvina from Veneto, … [Read more...]
The Best Merlot Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
The Merlot grape is a bit of an enigma. Simultaneously shunned and adored, it is used in some of the most expensive Bordeaux wines as well as some of the cheapest dollar bottles on the market.
Don't let either reputation scare you away from what this variety has to offer; however, as there are some truly excellent, inexpensive examples for Reverse Wine Snobs to explore. In this listing of the best Merlot under $20 we'll highlight our favorites that truly deliver a lot of bang for the buck.
While Merlot is grown almost as many places as Cabernet Sauvignon, we've generally found some of the best bottles to come from places like Washington, France, California and Italy. Washington, in particular, might be the sweet spot at the moment in terms of delivering value, in fact Washington Merlot (along with Spanish Garnacha) is usually one of our top recommendations when people ask us for the best places to find value.
That said, don't dismiss other regions when seeking out excellent examples of this variety. Even areas such as Argentina and Chile are starting to deliver some fantastic value. We cover all these regions and more in our list of the best Merlot under $20.
Read on for our list of The Best Merlot Under $20!
The Piccini Memoro Rosso, an unusual but extremely tasty blend of varieties, regions and vintages. 40% Primitivo from Puglia, 30% … [Read more...]
Start a love affair with Washington Merlot with the Novelty Hill Merlot. 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Frenchman Hills, the … [Read more...]
The Trader Joe's Reserve MCS, not bad for $10 but not as good as I was hoping for Washington Merlot. 74% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and … [Read more...]
The smooth, balanced and subtly complex Chateau Mayne Guyon from Trader Joe's. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Blaye Cotes de … [Read more...]
Why should Napa Valley Cabernet get all the love? Meet the Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Merlot. 97% Merlot and 3% Malbec from Oakville, … [Read more...]