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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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  • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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  • Pacific Redwood Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Pacific Redwood Organic Merlot 2018
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Frog's Leap Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Frog's Leap Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Kenwood Merlot 2018 Front Label
          Kenwood Merlot 2018
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          • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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            • Hahn Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Hahn Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2018
                Merlot from California
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              • La Playa Estate Merlot 2018  Front Label
                La Playa Estate Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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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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              • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                • Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2018 Front Label
                  Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Camp Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Camp Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                      Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                      Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                        • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
                          Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2018
                          Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Vino de Eyzaguirre Merlot 2018  Front Label
                            Vino de Eyzaguirre Merlot 2018
                            Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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