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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2001 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 2001
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2001 Front Label
      Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2001
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Golan Winery Royal Reserve Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Israel
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        • Petrolo Galatrona 2001  Front Label
          Petrolo Galatrona 2001
          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2001  Front Label
          Pahlmeyer Merlot 2001
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Rombauer Merlot 2001
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2001 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2001
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001  Front Label
                Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Cakebread Merlot 2001 Front Label
                Cakebread Merlot 2001
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2001
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2001 Front Label
                  Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2001
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot (1.5 liter-bottle) 2001 Front Label
                  Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot (1.5 liter-bottle) 2001
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2001 Front Label
                  Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2001
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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