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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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2012
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Darioush Signature Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2012
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2012 Front Label
      La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Le Macchiole Messorio 2012 Front Label
      Le Macchiole Messorio 2012
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2012
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum)  2012 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        Alpha Omega Merlot 2012
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
          Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2012 Front Label
          Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2012
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2012 Front Label
          Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2012
          Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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