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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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  • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
      4.3 66 Ratings
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    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS92
      4.8 31 Ratings
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    • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2016
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • RP92
      • WW90
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    • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
      Emmolo Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WW90
      4.6 35 Ratings
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    • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
      Oberon Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WW89
      4.1 87 Ratings
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    • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
      • JS93
      • TA91
      4.1 20 Ratings
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    • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016  Front Label
      Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • WW90
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    • Angeline Reserve Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Angeline Reserve Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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
        • JS91
        3.8 13 Ratings
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      • Canoe Ridge The Expedition Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Canoe Ridge The Expedition Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS92
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      • Cakebread Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Cakebread Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • RP92
        4.8 91 Ratings
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      • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
        Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • WW90
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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
        • JD96
        • WS95
        • RP94
        • JS94
        4.7 11 Ratings
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      • The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016  Front Label
        The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WW94
        4.3 21 Ratings
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      • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016 Front Label
        Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • JS93
        4.2 51 Ratings
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      • Bogle Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Bogle Merlot 2017
        Merlot from California
          4.0 80 Ratings
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        • Josh Cellars Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Josh Cellars Merlot 2018
          Merlot from California
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          • Rombauer Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Rombauer Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
                Tellus Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Umbria, Italy
                • JS91
                3.7 24 Ratings
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              • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WE91
                • JS91
                3.9 18 Ratings
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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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                • WS91
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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
                4.3 32 Ratings
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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
                3.9 7 Ratings
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              • Stone Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Stone Cellars Merlot 2015
                Merlot from California
                  3.4 37 Ratings
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