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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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    Stone Cellars Merlot 2015
    Merlot from California
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    • Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2015
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      • Oxford Landing Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Oxford Landing Merlot 2015
        Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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        • Lagaria Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Lagaria Merlot 2015
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            Tilia Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Cono Sur Bicicleta Merlot 2015 Front Label
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              Merlot from Chile
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              • Cypress Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Cypress Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Angeline Reserve Merlot 2015 Front Label
                  Angeline Reserve Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  Indaba Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from South Africa
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                  • Tinga Rio Reserve Merlot 2015  Front Label
                    Tinga Rio Reserve Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                    • Hogue Merlot 2015 Front Label
                      Hogue Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Fat Bastard Merlot 2015 Front Label
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                          Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                            • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2015 Front Label
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                              Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                              • Brander Merlot 2015 Front Label
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                                Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                    Guenoc California Merlot 2015
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                                      • La Playa Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
                                        La Playa Estate Merlot 2015
                                        Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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