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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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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2018  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Parcel 41 Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Parcel 41 Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Annabella Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Annabella Merlot 2018
        Merlot from California
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        • Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Rutherford Hill Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Markham Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
              Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
              Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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            • Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015  Front Label
              Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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            • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017  Front Label
              La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
              • RP94
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            • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Emmolo Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              • WW92
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            • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2019
              Merlot from California
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              • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
                Textbook Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Oberon Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Oberon Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
                  Oberon Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW89
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                • Dante Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Dante Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Cotarella Montiano 2015  Front Label
                    Cotarella Montiano 2015
                    Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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                    • JS92
                    • WS90
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                  • Wild & Wilder The Exhibitionist Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Wild & Wilder The Exhibitionist Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Simi Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Simi Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, 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
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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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                        • Annabella Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          Annabella Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from California
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                          • Maddalena Merlot 2016  Front Label
                            Maddalena Merlot 2016
                            Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                            • Greystone Cellars Merlot 2017 Front Label
                              Greystone Cellars Merlot 2017
                              Merlot from California
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                              • Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2016  Front Label
                                Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2016
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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