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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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  • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2014
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2014
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Ghost Pines Merlot 2014
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Trefethen Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Trefethen Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Decoy Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2014
    Merlot from California
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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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