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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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  • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2012 Front Label
      St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Tortoise Creek Merlot 2012 Front Bottle Shot
      Tortoise Creek Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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      • Chateau Souverain Merlot 2012 Front Label
        Chateau Souverain Merlot 2012
        Merlot from North Coast, California
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        • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2012 Front Label
          Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2012
          Merlot from Washington
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        • Hedges Family Estate HIP Merlot 2012 Front Label
          Hedges Family Estate HIP Merlot 2012
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Two Vines California Merlot 2012 Front Label
            Two Vines California Merlot 2012
            Merlot from California
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            • Lockwood Merlot 2012 Front Label
              Lockwood Merlot 2012
              Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              • Indaba Merlot 2012 Front Label
                Indaba Merlot 2012
                Merlot from South Africa
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                • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
                  Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW90
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                • Cannonball Merlot 2012 Front Label
                  Cannonball Merlot 2012
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • St. Francis Merlot 2012 Front Label
                  St. Francis Merlot 2012
                  Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Leonetti Merlot 2012 Front Label
                    Leonetti Merlot 2012
                    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Falesco Merlot Umbria 2012 Front Label
                    Falesco Merlot Umbria 2012
                    Merlot from Umbria, Italy
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                    • Cousino Macul Merlot 2012 Front Label
                      Cousino Macul Merlot 2012
                      Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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                      • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2012 Front Label
                        Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2012
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2012 Front Label
                        Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2012
                        Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                      • Familia Torres Atrium 2012 Front Label
                        Familia Torres Atrium 2012
                        Merlot from Spain
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                        • Clos Du Val Merlot 2012 Front Label
                          Clos Du Val Merlot 2012
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2012 Front Label
                          Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2012
                          Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                          • The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2012 Front Label
                            The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2012
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Emmolo Merlot 2012 Front Label
                            Emmolo Merlot 2012
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2012 Front Label
                            Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2012
                            Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                            • Le Macchiole Messorio 2012 Front Label
                              Le Macchiole Messorio 2012
                              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Annabella Merlot 2012 Front Label
                              Annabella Merlot 2012
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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