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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

Tasting Notes for Merlot

Merlot is a dry, red wine known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. From cool climates, Merlot wines will express earthy and herbal notes, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Food Pairings for Merlot

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity are a hit with pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secrets for Merlot

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. 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.

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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • CG90
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  • Oberon Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
      Textbook Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS91
      • WE90
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    • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
      • JS93
      • TA91
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    • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • JD95
        • RP93
        • V93
        • WS92
        • JS92
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      • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
        • WS96
        • WW93
        • CG93
        • W&S92
        4.5 17 Ratings
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      • Masseto  2017  Front Label
        Masseto 2017
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
        • RP97
        • D97
        • V97
        • JD96
        • WS95
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      • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
        Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
        • WE92
        3.7 107 Ratings
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      • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • TP94
        • JS92
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      • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Century Cellars Merlot 2015
        Merlot from California
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        • GEN5 Merlot 2017  Front Label
          GEN5 Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WS93
            4.6 5 Ratings
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Decoy Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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              • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Indaba Merlot 2019
                Merlot from South Africa
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                • Cakebread Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Cakebread Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • V90
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                • Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
                    • WS91
                    4.1 7 Ratings
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                  • Parcel 41 Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Parcel 41 Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Emmolo Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • WW92
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                    • Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015  Front Label
                      Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Lazio, Italy
                      • RP90
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                    • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Leonetti Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                      • JS96
                      • JD94
                      • WE93
                      • RP92
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                    • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
                      Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Ramsay Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Ramsay Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from North Coast, California
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