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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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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2019  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2019
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP97
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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    • WW92
    • RP90
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  • Oberon Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW89
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  • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
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  • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • JD94
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WW92
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    • Napa Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Napa Cellars Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS92
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    • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
      Chateau Marsau 2016
      Merlot from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
      • JS94
      • WS91
      • WE90
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    • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Textbook Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Textbook Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WS91
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      • Leonetti Merlot 2020  Front Label
        Leonetti Merlot 2020
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Emmolo Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Emmolo Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Decoy Merlot 2019
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
              Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • TP93
                • WW92
                4.4 9 Ratings
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              • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • TP93
                • WE91
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              • Apothic Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Apothic Merlot 2019
                Merlot from California
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                • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                    • WS91
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                  • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2020  Front Label
                    Wente Sandstone Merlot 2020
                    Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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                    • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • JS93
                      • WW89
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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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                    • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Washington
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                      • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
                        • WS90
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