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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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    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Le Macchiole Messorio 2016
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    Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2009
    Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Leonetti Merlot (scuffed labels) 2011
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Falesco Montiano 1999
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    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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