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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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  • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017  Front Label
      L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Candoni Organic Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Candoni Organic Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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      • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2016  Front Label
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        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2018  Front Label
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        • St. Francis Merlot 2018  Front Label
          St. Francis Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Maddalena Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Maddalena Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Tortoise Creek Merlot 2018  Front Label
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            • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
              Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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            • Oxford Landing Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Oxford Landing Merlot 2019
              Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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              • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
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                Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
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                  • Camp Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Camp Merlot 2019
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                    • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                      • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2018  Front Label
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                        • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
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                            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2015  Front Label
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                              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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