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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 Vintner Select Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013 Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2009  Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1996
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Leonetti Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1996 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1996
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2007 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2007
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (3 Liter Bottle)  2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2017
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2012
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Le Macchiole Messorio 2007
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Petrolo Galatrona 2003
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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