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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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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2009
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      Pedestal Merlot 2009
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      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2009
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        Pahlmeyer Merlot 2009
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        Leonetti Merlot 2009
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        Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2009
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        Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
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        Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2009
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        Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2009
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        Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2009
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          Ornellaia Masseto 2009
          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          Le Macchiole Messorio 2009
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          Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
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            Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            Tua Rita Redigaffi 2009
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