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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 reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What most 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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  • Oberon Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      4.3 39 Ratings
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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
      • WE90
      • CG90
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    • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
      Textbook Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS91
      • WE90
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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
      4.0 53 Ratings
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    • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
      Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
      Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
      • WE92
      3.7 103 Ratings
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    • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
      • WS96
      • CG93
      • WW93
      • W&S92
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    • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        4.1 124 Ratings
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      • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
        • WS96
        • WW93
        • CG93
        • W&S92
        4.5 17 Ratings
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      • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • JD95
        • RP94
        • V93
        • WS92
        • JS92
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      • Masseto  2017  Front Label
        Masseto 2017
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
        • RP97
        • D97
        • V97
        • JD96
        • WS95
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      • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • TP94
        • JS92
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      • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Decoy Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • GEN5 Merlot 2017  Front Label
          GEN5 Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WS93
            4.6 5 Ratings
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          • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
            Century Cellars Merlot 2015
            Merlot from California
              3.6 168 Ratings
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            • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Indaba Merlot 2019
              Merlot from South Africa
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              • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, 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
                  • JS94
                  • WE91
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                • Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015  Front Label
                  Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Lazio, Italy
                  • RP90
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                • Mt. Brave Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Mt. Brave Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
                  • WS94
                  • WE94
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                • Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
                    4.5 6 Ratings
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                  • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Emmolo Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                    • WW92
                    4.6 30 Ratings
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                  • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
                    • JS88
                    3.4 40 Ratings
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                  • Ramsay Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Ramsay Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from North Coast, California
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                    • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Leonetti Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                      • JS96
                      • JD94
                      • WE93
                      • RP92
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