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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 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015 Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Messorio 2015  Front Label
    Le Macchiole Messorio 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Decoy Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chappellet Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Chappellet Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014 Front Label
      Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015  Front Label
      St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Candoni Organic Merlot 2017 Front Bottle Shot
        Candoni Organic Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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        • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
          Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
          J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Twenty Rows Merlot 2013  Front Label
          Twenty Rows Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2015  Front Label
            Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016  Front Label
              La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
              L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016 Front Label
              Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016
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                Peju Province Merlot 2016
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                • Baron Herzog Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
                  Baron Herzog Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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