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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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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
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    • WW91
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  • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW89
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
    • JS92
    • W&S90
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    • CG90
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  • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
    • WE92
    3.7 68 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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  • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Century Cellars Merlot 2015
    Merlot from California
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    • Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016  Front Label
      Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016
      Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
      • JS90
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    • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Decoy Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • JS92
            • WW91
            • WE91
            • W&S90
            • WS90
            • CG90
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          • Cakebread Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Cakebread Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • V90
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          • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
            Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Gnarly Head Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Gnarly Head Merlot 2017
              Merlot from 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
                • JD96
                • WS95
                • WE95
                • RP94
                • JS94
                4.7 11 Ratings
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              • Peju Province Merlot 2016 Front Label
                Peju Province Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Goldschmidt Vineyard Chelsea Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Goldschmidt Vineyard Chelsea Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
                  • WW91
                  4.6 14 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
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                • Skyfall Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Skyfall Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Parcel 41 Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Parcel 41 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
                      • JS94
                      • RP92
                      • JD91
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                    • Carmel Selected Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
                      Carmel Selected Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017
                      Merlot from Israel
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                      • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016  Front Label
                        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Menage a Trois Merlot 2018  Front Label
                          Menage a Trois Merlot 2018
                          Merlot from California
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                          • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2018  Front Label
                            Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2018
                            Merlot from Washington
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