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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 repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many 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 2016 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Le Macchiole Messorio 2015  Front Label
    Le Macchiole Messorio 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP97
    • WS97
    • JS95
    • WE94
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
      L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS93
      • JD91
      • RP90
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    • Paso Creek Merlot 2017 Front Label
      Paso Creek Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2016  Front Label
        Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2016
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
        • D100
        • JS99
        • RP98
        • V97
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      • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Markham Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • RP92
        • WW90
        4.3 29 Ratings
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      • Frog's Leap Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Frog's Leap Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
        • W&S93
        • WW91
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      • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • JS96
        • WE95
        • RP95
        4.3 12 Ratings
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      • St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2016  Front Label
        St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • JD94
        • TP93
        • WE90
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      • Textbook Merlot 2017 Front Label
        Textbook Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
          Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • TP92
          • WE90
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        • Peju Province Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Peju Province Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016 Front Label
            Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • JS93
            4.1 13 Ratings
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          • The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016  Front Label
            The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WW94
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          • Duboeuf Merlot 2017 Front Label
            Duboeuf Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Vin de France, France
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            • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              • JS89
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            • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2016 Front Label
                Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
                • WE94
                • WS93
                • CG93
                • W&S90
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              • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
                Mayacamas Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
                • V92
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              • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
                Tellus Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Umbria, Italy
                • JS91
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              • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Whitehall Lane Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WE90
                4.6 9 Ratings
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              • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • RP93
                • JD93
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              • Canoe Ridge The Expedition Merlot 2016  Front Label
                Canoe Ridge The Expedition Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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