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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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  • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2005  Front Label
    Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Planeta Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Planeta Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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    • Sineann Merlot 1999 Front Label
      Sineann Merlot 1999
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001
        Merlot from North Coast, California
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      • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 1998 Front Label
        Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 1998
        Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998  Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998
          Merlot from North Coast, California
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
            Ornellaia Masseto 1999
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
            Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1995
            Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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          • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Summercloud Merlot 2009 Front Label
            Summercloud Merlot 2009
            Merlot from Mendocino, California
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            • Petrolo Galatrona 2010 Front Label
              Petrolo Galatrona 2010
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
              Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
              Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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            • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
              Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
              Merlot from North Coast, California
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              Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2004
              Merlot from North Coast, California
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              • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
                Leonetti Merlot 2004
                Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006 Front Label
                Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006
                Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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              • Ravenswood Sangiacomo Merlot 1996 Front Label
                Ravenswood Sangiacomo Merlot 1996
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Ravenswood Donnell Ranch Merlot 1996 Front Label
                  Ravenswood Donnell Ranch Merlot 1996
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
                    Ornellaia Masseto 1997
                    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Pedestal Merlot 2005 Front Label
                    Pedestal Merlot 2005
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2001 Front Label
                    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2001
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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