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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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  • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • WW90
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • 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 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS91
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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
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  • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • RP90
    • 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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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE91
    • WS91
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  • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WE91
    • JS91
    3.8 14 Ratings
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    4.6 32 Ratings
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  • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
    • JS92
    3.7 29 Ratings
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  • Candoni Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Candoni Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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    • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Indaba Merlot 2018
      Merlot from South Africa
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      • Cousino Macul Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Cousino Macul Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Chile
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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
          4.1 5 Ratings
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        • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Leese-Fitch Merlot 2016
          Merlot from California
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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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            • Monticello Estate Merlot 2014 Front Label
              Monticello Estate Merlot 2014
              Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, 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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              • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Decoy Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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                  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2017 Front Label
                    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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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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                      • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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