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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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  • Cakebread Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Century Cellars Merlot 2015
    Merlot from California
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    • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
      Oberon Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015  Front Label
          Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2015  Front Label
          Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2015
          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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          • Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
            Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Merryvale Merlot 2016  Front Label
            Merryvale Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Skyfall Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Skyfall Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2017
                Merlot from California
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                • Kenwood Merlot 2018 Front Label
                  Kenwood Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from North Coast, California
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                  • Joel Gott Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Joel Gott Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Toad Hollow Sonoma Merlot 2017 Front Label
                      Toad Hollow Sonoma Merlot 2017
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Mt. Brave Merlot 2016  Front Label
                        Mt. Brave Merlot 2016
                        Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Clos du Bois California Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Clos du Bois California Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from California
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                        • St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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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
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                          • Firestone Merlot 2018  Front Label
                            Firestone Merlot 2018
                            Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                            • Alias Winery Merlot 2017  Front Label
                              Alias Winery Merlot 2017
                              Merlot from California
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                              • Tilia Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                Tilia Merlot 2019
                                Merlot from Mendoza, Argentina
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                                • Peju Province Merlot 2016 Front Label
                                  Peju Province Merlot 2016
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2014 Front Label
                                    Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2014
                                    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Monticello Estate Merlot 2014 Front Label
                                    Monticello Estate Merlot 2014
                                    Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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