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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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    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Washington
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  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2020  Front Label
    Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2020
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2020  Front Label
    Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2020
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sansonina Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Sansonina Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Verona, Veneto, Italy
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  • Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2019  Front Label
    Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2019
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Sterling Napa Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Sterling Napa Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Napa Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Marco Felluga Collio Varneri Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Marco Felluga Collio Varneri Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2019  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2019  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2020  Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2020
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2017
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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