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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 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    4.5 11 Ratings
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  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
      • WW94
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    • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • V93
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    • Josh Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Josh Cellars Merlot 2019
      Merlot from California
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      • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • WE91
        • JD90
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      • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WS93
        4.2 23 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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      • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Emmolo Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WW92
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      • Barkan Classic Merlot (OK Kosher) 2019  Front Label
        Barkan Classic Merlot (OK Kosher) 2019
        Merlot from Israel
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        • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Markham Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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          • Bogle Merlot 2018 Front Label
            Bogle Merlot 2018
            Merlot from California
            • WW89
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          • Simi Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Simi Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2016  Front Label
              Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2016
              Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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              • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2017
                Merlot from California
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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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                • Fat Bastard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Fat Bastard Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                  • Rombauer Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Rombauer Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                    • WW91
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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
                    • WW93
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                  • Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Carneros, California
                    • WS91
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                  • Citra Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Citra Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Abruzzo, Italy
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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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                      • Annabella Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Annabella Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from California
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