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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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    Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus de La Fleur de Bouard 2009
    Merlot from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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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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  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Mt. Brave Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009 Front Label
    Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Oberon Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2009
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Les Gravieres  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Les Gravieres 2009
    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2009 Front Label
    Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau La Fleur de Gay  2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2009
    Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2009 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi 2009 Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2009 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Keenan Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009 Front Label
    Falesco Merlot Umbria 2009
    Merlot from Italy
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