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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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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 1995
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    • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
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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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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1995 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1995
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      • Ornellaia Masseto 1995 Front Label
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        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
          Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1995
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          • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995 Front Label
            Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • St. Francis Merlot 1995
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              • Gordon Brothers Merlot 1995 Front Label
                Gordon Brothers Merlot 1995
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              • Liparita Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                • Mirassou Harvest Reserve Merlot 1995
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                    • Staton Hills Merlot 1995
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                      • Waterbrook Merlot Reserve 1995 Front Label
                        Waterbrook Merlot Reserve 1995
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                        • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                          • Trentadue Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                                • Kendall-Jackson Buckeye Vineyard Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                                  • Charles Krug Reserve Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                                    • Banfi Mandrielle Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                                    • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 1995 Front Label
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