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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2003 Front Label
      Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2003
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Rombauer Merlot 2003 Front Label
      Rombauer Merlot 2003
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      • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2003 Front Label
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        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2003 Front Label
        Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2003
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Cakebread Merlot 2003 Front Label
        Cakebread Merlot 2003
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        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2003
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2003  Front Label
          Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2003
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2003 Front Label
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            Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          • Le Macchiole Messorio 2003 Front Label
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            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2003 Front Label
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            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Petrolo Galatrona 2003 Front Label
            Petrolo Galatrona 2003
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Wolffer Estate The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Wolffer Estate The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2003
            Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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          • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
            Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
            Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003 Front Label
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            Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2003
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2003
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          • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2003 Front Label
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