Merlot's rep as a second class wine is totally undeserved. Click the links to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.
Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60
Quality key: * = decent wine ** = very good wine *** = superb wine ****= elite
Inexpensive, decent everyday merlot
Good complexity with plum, chocolate, tobacco notes, fleshy texture.
Oberon Merlot, Napa '16 **1/2 $$
Michael Mondavi project, ripe plum and currents, medium bodied.
The Fableist Merlot, Paso Robles '15 *** $$ VALUE
Fabulous! Intense, very complex, great length, classy.
Aged and ready to drink, surprising quality, excellent.