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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 Three Palms Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
    • JS93
    • WW92
    • RP90
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Cakebread Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Cakebread Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • V90
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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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      • Peju Province Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Peju Province Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Citra Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Citra Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Abruzzo, Italy
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              • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Emmolo Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WW92
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              • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Markham Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Rombauer Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Rombauer Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW91
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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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                • Simi Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Simi Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                    • RP94
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                  • Bogle Merlot 2018 Front Label
                    Bogle Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from California
                    • WW89
                    3.8 35 Ratings
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                  • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
                    Textbook Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                    • JS91
                    • WE90
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                  • Josh Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Josh Cellars Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017  Front Label
                      Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • WS93
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                    • Cannonball Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Cannonball Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                      • WW89
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                    • Maddalena Merlot 2016  Front Label
                      Maddalena Merlot 2016
                      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                      • Fat Bastard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Fat Bastard Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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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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                        • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                          • WE92
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                        • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
                          Century Cellars Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from California
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