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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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  • Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1997
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Ferrari-Carano TreMonte Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano TreMonte Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Powers Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Estancia Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Estancia Merlot 1997
    Merlot from California
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  • Wente Crane Ridge Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Wente Crane Ridge Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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  • Il Vescovino Il Merlotto 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vina Tarapaca Riserva Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Vina Tarapaca Riserva Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Dom. St. George STG Alexander Valley Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Dom. St. George STG Alexander Valley Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turnbull Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Turnbull Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gordon Brothers Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Livio Felluga Sosso Riserva Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Kiona Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Kiona Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Silverado Limited Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Artesa Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Waterbrook Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Blackstone Napa Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Blackstone Napa Merlot 1997
    Merlot from California
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  • Benziger Merlot Reserve 1997 Front Label
    Benziger Merlot Reserve 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frescobaldi Lamaione 1997 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Lamaione 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Leonetti Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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