Merlot is a red grape popular in Bordeaux and throughout the world. As one of the five Bordeaux varieties, it contributes fleshy, ripe dark fruit flavors with soft tannins and an overall supple texture to a blend, or produces an approachable and early-drinking wine on its own. It is a thick-skinned variety that ripens early, and its acclimation to many climates accounts for large amounts of Merlot existing in Italy, the United States, South America and elsewhere. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Merlot among our extensive Merlot wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Merlot reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Merlot, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.