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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 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.

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          Sterling Winery Lake Vineyard Merlot 1994
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              Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1994
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              Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain 1994
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                Markham Reserve Merlot 1994
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                Arrowood Merlot 1994
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                Columbia Crest Estate Series Merlot 1994
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                Duckhorn Merlot Howell Mountain (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
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                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 1994
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                  Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1994
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    Corbett Canyon Merlot 1994
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