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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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  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Josh Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Josh Cellars Merlot 2019
      Merlot from California
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      • Candoni Organic Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Candoni Organic Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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        • Fat Bastard Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Fat Bastard Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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          • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Indaba Merlot 2019
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Mirassou Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Mirassou Merlot 2019
              Merlot from California
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              • Elena Walch Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Elena Walch Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Domaine Bousquet Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Oxford Landing Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Oxford Landing Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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                    • Dante Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Dante Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                        • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                            • Camp Merlot 2019  Front Label
                              Camp Merlot 2019
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Firestone Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                Firestone Merlot 2019
                                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                                • Textbook Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                  Textbook Merlot 2019
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
                                    Merlot from Washington
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                                  • Leonetti Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                    Leonetti Merlot 2019
                                    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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