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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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  • Le Macchiole Messorio 2015  Front Label
    Le Macchiole Messorio 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alcance Gran Reserva Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Alcance Gran Reserva Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Chile
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    • Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot 2015  Front Label
      Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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      • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015 Front Label
        Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Merryvale Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Merryvale Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2015
        Merlot from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Mt. Brave Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Mt. Brave Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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      • Schug Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Schug Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Truchard Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Truchard Estate Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Carneros, California
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          • Longboard DaKine Vineyard Merlot 2015 Front Label
            Longboard DaKine Vineyard Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Waterstone Merlot 2015 Front Label
              Waterstone Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Tamber Bey Deux Chevaux Vineyard Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Tamber Bey Deux Chevaux Vineyard Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Hook and Ladder Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
                  Hook and Ladder Estate Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2015 Front Label
                    Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2015  Front Label
                    Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2015 Front Label
                      St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • TATE Spring Street Merlot 2015 Front Label
                      TATE Spring Street Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                      • McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2015  Front Label
                        McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                      • Brander Merlot 2015 Front Label
                        Brander Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                        • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2015  Front Label
                          La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2015 Front Label
                          Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2015
                          Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2015 Front Label
                          Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2015
                          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont'Ugo 2015 Front Label
                          Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont'Ugo 2015
                          Merlot from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Comstock Wines Merlot 2015  Front Label
                          Comstock Wines Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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