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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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  • Lagaria Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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    • Duboeuf Merlot (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
      Duboeuf Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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      • Fontana Candida Merlot (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
        Fontana Candida Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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        • Fabiano Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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          • Dom. St. George Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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            • Concha y Toro Sunrise Merlot (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
              Concha y Toro Sunrise Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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              • Forest Glen Barrel Select Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                • MezzaCorona Merlot (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
                  MezzaCorona Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                  • Placido Merlot (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                    Placido Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                    • Canyon Road Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                      • Dunnewood Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                        • Murphy-Goode Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                          • CK Mondavi Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                            • Bolla Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                              • Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                                • Robert Mondavi Coastal Merlot (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                                  Robert Mondavi Coastal Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                                  • Benziger Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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                                    • DeLoach Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                                      • Meridian Merlot (1.5L) 1998
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