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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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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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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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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S90
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  • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Bogle Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Bogle Merlot 2017
      Merlot from California
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      • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Markham Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • WW90
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      • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
        Oberon Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WW89
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WS89
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      • Chappellet Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Chappellet Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • WW91
        • WE90
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      • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2016
        Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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        • AVA Grace Merlot 2016 Front Label
          AVA Grace Merlot 2016
          Merlot from California
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          • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
            Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • JS92
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            • WE90
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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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          • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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            • Paradigm Merlot 2015  Front Label
              Paradigm Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Indaba Merlot 2018
                Merlot from South Africa
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                • Decoy Merlot 2017 Front Label
                  Decoy Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                  • WW90
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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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                • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Wente Sandstone Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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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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                • Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot 2017 Front Label
                  Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Central Coast, 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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                    • Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
                      Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2015  Front Label
                        Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                        • JS91
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                      • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
                        Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2014
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                        • JS93
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