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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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  • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2017  Front Label
      J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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      • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
        Merlot from South Australia, Australia
        • JS88
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      • St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015  Front Label
        St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Camp Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Camp Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
            • W&S89
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          • Merryvale Merlot 2016  Front Label
            Merryvale Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Frog's Leap Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Frog's Leap Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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              • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • WE90
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              • Hahn Winery Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Hahn Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Wente Sandstone Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                    • Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2016  Front Label
                      Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2016
                      Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                      • Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                        • Benziger Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          Benziger Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018  Front Label
                            Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018
                            Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                            • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2016  Front Label
                              Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2016
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
                                Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2014
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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