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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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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013 Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto  2016  Front Label
    Masseto 2016
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS97
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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  • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WW90
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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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    • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS92
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    • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
      Oberon Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WW89
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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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    • 14 Hands Merlot 2016 Front Label
      14 Hands Merlot 2016
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
        Tellus Merlot 2014
        Merlot from Umbria, Italy
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WW91
        • WE91
        • W&S90
        • WS90
        • CG90
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      • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Cakebread Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Cakebread Merlot 2015
          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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          • Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
            Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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            • Petrolo Galatrona 2004 Front Label
              Petrolo Galatrona 2004
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
              • JS98
              • WS97
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              • W&S90
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            • Duboeuf Merlot 2017 Front Label
              Duboeuf Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Vin de France, France
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              • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2014 Front Label
                Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • TP94
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              • Bogle Merlot 2016 Front Label
                Bogle Merlot 2016
                Merlot from California
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                • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WE91
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                • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2014 Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2014
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                  • WW90
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                • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
                  Mayacamas Merlot 2014
                  Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
                  • V92
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                • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
                  Emmolo Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW90
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                • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2015 Front Label
                  Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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