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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 Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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    • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
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      • Markham Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
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        • Markham Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
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          • St. Supery Merlot (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
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            • Whitehall Lane Merlot (half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
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            • Blackstone Napa Merlot (half-bottle) 1997
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              • Turnbull Merlot (half-bottle) 1997
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                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
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                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot (half-bottle) 1998
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                  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
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                  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Sterling Merlot (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                    Sterling Merlot (half-bottle) 1998
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                    • Stonestreet Alexander Valley Merlot (half-bottle) 1997
                      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007 Front Label
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                      • Blackstone Napa Merlot (half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
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                        • Louis Martini Merlot (half-bottle) 1996
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                          • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
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                            • Chateau Marsau  (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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