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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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  • 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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    • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2017
      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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      • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Decoy Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
          • WS96
          • CG93
          • WW93
          • W&S92
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        • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
          Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
          Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
          • WE92
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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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            • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
              • JS92
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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
              • 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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            • Bogle Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Bogle Merlot 2017
              Merlot from California
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              • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
                Tellus Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Umbria, Italy
                • JS91
                3.8 29 Ratings
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              • Rombauer Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Rombauer Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • JS92
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              • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
                Textbook Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WE90
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              • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Washington
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                • JS90
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              • Schug Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Schug Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015  Front Label
                  Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Lazio, Italy
                  • RP90
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                • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • JS94
                  • WE91
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                • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Leonetti Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                  • JS96
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                  • WE93
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                • Acre Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Acre Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
                    • JS88
                    3.5 34 Ratings
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                  • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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