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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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    Flaco Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Spain
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    • Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2014 Front Label
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        Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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        • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2014 Front Label
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          • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2014
            Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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          • Lagaria Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Lagaria Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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            • La Playa Estate Merlot 2014 Front Label
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              • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2014 Front Label
                J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Hogue Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                  • Bonny Doon Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                    • Cypress Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                      • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2014 Front Label
                        Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2014
                        Merlot from Washington
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                          Guenoc California Merlot 2014
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                          • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                            • Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Brander Merlot 2014 Front Label
                                Brander Merlot 2014
                                Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                • Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch Merlot 2014  Front Label
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                                  • Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2014  Front Label
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                                    • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2014 Front Label
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                                      Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                                    • Angeline Reserve Merlot 2014 Front Label
                                      Angeline Reserve Merlot 2014
                                      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                        Indaba Merlot 2014
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