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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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  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2006
    Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Darioush Signature Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Darioush Signature Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Schweiger Vineyards Merlot 2006 Front Label
      Schweiger Vineyards Merlot 2006
      Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
        Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2006
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Selene Frediani Merlot 2006 Front Label
        Selene Frediani Merlot 2006
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau La Fleur de Gay  2006 Front Label
        Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2006
        Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2006 Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2006
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • David Arthur Estate Merlot 2006  Front Label
          David Arthur Estate Merlot 2006
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Petrolo Galatrona 2006  Front Label
            Petrolo Galatrona 2006
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Chateau Le Moulin  2006 Front Label
            Chateau Le Moulin 2006
            Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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          • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2006 Front Label
            Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2006
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
            Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2006
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • JAQK Cellars Black Clover Napa Merlot 2006 Front Label
            JAQK Cellars Black Clover Napa Merlot 2006
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • JAQK Cellars Bone Dance Merlot 2006 Front Label
              JAQK Cellars Bone Dance Merlot 2006
              Merlot from California
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