Some of the highest-rated merlot wines are the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2007 Masseto merlot, La Macchiole 2007 Messorio merlot and Mt. Brave 2008 merlot, according to Wine Enthusiast. Another highly rated merlot is the Fattoria Petrolo 2007 Galatrona merlot.
The Tenuta dell'Ornellaia merlot has strong notes of blackberry, chocolate, cherry and vanilla. It also has hints of cinnamon and other spices. A bottle of this wine costs around $460, as of 2015.
Le Macchiole's Messorio merlot is soft and rich with a long and smooth finish. True elegance and sophistication are present in this wine, according to Wine Enthusiast. The average price for a bottle of this wine is $320.
Mt. Brave's 2008 merlot is from a vineyard located 1,600 feet up Mt. Veeder that is owned by the Jackson family. It has a very ripe, sweet and fruity taste profile. A bottle costs roughly $60.
The 2007 merlot by Fattoria Petrolo is from a unique growing climate between Florence, Sienna and Arezzo, and is some of the best merlot in Italy, claims Wine Enthusiast. It has a soft and velvety feel with lasting notes of black cherry, lively spice, tobacco and cigar box. This merlot sells for roughly $135 per bottle.