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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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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2013 Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Coach House Cellars Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Coach House Cellars Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo 2013 Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont Ugo 2013
      Merlot from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Urban Legend Cellars Merlot 2013 Front Label
      Urban Legend Cellars Merlot 2013
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2013
        Merlot from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
          Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Vineyard Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Ramspeck Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Ramspeck Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Le Macchiole Messorio 2013 Front Label
              Le Macchiole Messorio 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Cotes de Ciel Ciel du Cheval Vineayrd Merlot 2013  Front Label
              Cotes de Ciel Ciel du Cheval Vineayrd Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013 Front Label
              Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013 Front Label
              Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Brander Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Brander Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot  2013 Front Label
                Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot 2013
                Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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                • TATE Spring Street Merlot 2013 Front Label
                  TATE Spring Street Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Titus Merlot 2013  Front Label
                    Titus Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Hook and Ladder Estate Merlot 2013 Front Label
                      Hook and Ladder Estate Merlot 2013
                      Merlot from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Y. Rousseau Pepe Cavedale Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        Y. Rousseau Pepe Cavedale Vineyard Merlot 2013
                        Merlot from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2013
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Hendry Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Hendry Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
                            McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2013
                            Merlot from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                          • Mt. Brave Merlot 2013 Front Label
                            Mt. Brave Merlot 2013
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Flanagan Merlot 2013 Front Label
                            Flanagan Merlot 2013
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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