List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Merlot

Learn about Merlot — taste profile, popular regions and more ...

undefined, null

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 repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many 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.

Filter by
16 Items
16 Items
  • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $64.99
    Try the
    64 99
    64 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Markham Reserve Merlot 1994  Front Label
    Markham Reserve Merlot 1994
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $57.99
    Try the
    57 99
    57 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • M. Picard Merlot 1994
    Merlot from Rhone, France
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $11.99
      Try the
      11 99
      11 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Kenwood Massara Merlot 1994
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $20.49
        Try the
        20 49
        20 49
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Chalk Hill Merlot 1994
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $50.99
          Try the
          50 99
          50 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Sterling Winery Lake Vineyard Merlot 1994 Front Label
          Sterling Winery Lake Vineyard Merlot 1994
          Merlot from Carneros, California
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $20.49
            Try the
            21 99
            20 49
            Save $1.50 (7%)
          • Bollini Reserve Merlot 1994
            Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $16.99
              Try the
              16 99
              16 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain 1994 Front Label
              Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain 1994
              Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $51.99
                Try the
                51 99
                51 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Columbia Crest Estate Series Merlot 1994 Front Label
                Columbia Crest Estate Series Merlot 1994
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WS89
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $17.99
                Try the
                19 99
                17 99
                Save $2.00 (10%)
              • Arrowood Merlot 1994 Front Label
                Arrowood Merlot 1994
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                • RP90
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $55.99
                Try the
                55 99
                55 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
                Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
                Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Currently Unavailable $125.00
                  Try the
                  125
                  125
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994 Front Label
                  Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WS90
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Currently Unavailable $67.97
                  Try the
                  67 97
                  67 97
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1994 Front Label
                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1994
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WS90
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Currently Unavailable $106.99
                  Try the
                  106 99
                  106 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WS90
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Currently Unavailable $129.00
                  Try the
                  129
                  129
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1994 Front Label
                  Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1994
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    Currently Unavailable $32.95
                    Try the
                    32 95
                    32 95
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Corbett Canyon Merlot 1994 Front Label
                    Corbett Canyon Merlot 1994
                    Merlot from California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Currently Unavailable $3.99
                      Try the
                      3 99
                      3 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

                    Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
                    Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

                    It's easy to make the switch.
                    Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

                    Yes, Update Now
                    Cheers to You!

                    New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

                    New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

                    There was an error redeeming your code.

                    *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 10/31/2020. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

                    Search for ""

                    Processing Your Order...