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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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  • Korbin Kameron Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Korbin Kameron Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hearst Ranch Pico Creek Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Hearst Ranch Pico Creek Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Benziger Merlot 2014 Front Label
      Benziger Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2014 Front Label
        St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2014
        Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • RP90
        4.9 7 Ratings
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      • Chacewater Winery Merlot 2014 Front Label
        Chacewater Winery Merlot 2014
        Merlot from Sierra Foothills, California
        • WW89
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      • Yarden Odem Vineyard Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014  Front Label
        Yarden Odem Vineyard Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014
        Merlot from Israel
        • WE90
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      • McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2014 Front Label
        McIntyre Kimberly Vineyards Merlot 2014
        Merlot from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2014 Front Label
          Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2014
          Merlot from Mendocino, California
          • WE89
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        • Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2014 Front Label
          Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2014
          Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
          • W&S94
          • RP93
          4.7 6 Ratings
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        • Tortoise Creek Merlot 2014 Front Label
          Tortoise Creek Merlot 2014
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2014 Front Label
            St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
            • WS90
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          • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
            • WS90
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          • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
            Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Frog's Leap Merlot 2014 Front Label
              Frog's Leap Merlot 2014
              Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
              • WW92
              4.5 15 Ratings
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
                Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
                Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
                • WW92
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              • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
                Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • W&S90
                3.9 8 Ratings
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              • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2014 Front Label
                Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014 Front Label
                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW92
                  4.4 22 Ratings
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                • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2014 Front Label
                  Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2014
                  Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                    3.6 6 Ratings
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                  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2014 Front Label
                    Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2014
                    Merlot from California
                    • TP90
                    3.8 6 Ratings
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                  • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2014 Front Label
                    Wente Sandstone Merlot 2014
                    Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                      3.5 6 Ratings
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                    • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
                      Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014
                      Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2014 Front Label
                      Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2014
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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