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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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  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley 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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    • 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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    • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2013 Front Label
      Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2013
      Merlot from Yountville, 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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      • Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ramspeck Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Ramspeck Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot  2013 Front Label
          Feudi del Pisciotto Terre Siciliane Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Sicily, 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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            • 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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              • Wing Canyon Lolita Merlot 2013 Front Label
                Wing Canyon Lolita Merlot 2013
                Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, 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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                  • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013 Front Label
                    Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013
                    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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                    • 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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                      • TATE Spring Street Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        TATE Spring Street Merlot 2013
                        Merlot from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Donati Family Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Donati Family Vineyards Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Paicines, Central Coast, California
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                            Titus 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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                            • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2013 Front Label
                              Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2013
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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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                              • 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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