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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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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016  Front Label
    Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016
    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Rombauer Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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  • Cotarella Montiano 2015  Front Label
    Cotarella Montiano 2015
    Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2016  Front Label
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2016
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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