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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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  • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015  Front Label
        Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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      • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Emmolo Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Masseto  2017  Front Label
        Masseto 2017
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
        • JS93
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      • Oberon Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Oberon Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
          Textbook Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • GEN5 Merlot 2017  Front Label
          GEN5 Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Barkan Classic Merlot (OK Kosher) 2019  Front Label
              Barkan Classic Merlot (OK Kosher) 2019
              Merlot from Israel
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              • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Indaba Merlot 2019
                Merlot from South Africa
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                • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                  • WE90
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                • Acre Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Acre Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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 62 Ratings
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                  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
                    • WS96
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                    • W&S92
                    4.4 14 Ratings
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                  • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Leonetti Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • WE93
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                  • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
                    Tellus Merlot 2014
                    Merlot from Umbria, Italy
                    • JS91
                    3.8 29 Ratings
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                  • Elena Walch Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Elena Walch Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                    • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                      • Citra Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Citra Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Abruzzo, Italy
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                        • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
                          Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
                          Merlot from South Australia, Australia
                          • JS88
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                        • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
                          Decoy Merlot 2018
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Somerston Merlot 2014  Front Label
                            Somerston Merlot 2014
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Tilia Merlot 2019  Front Label
                              Tilia Merlot 2019
                              Merlot from Mendoza, Argentina
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