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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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    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2007 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Chile
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Petrolo Galatrona 2007
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Amuse Bouche Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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