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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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 1995
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1995 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1995
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    • Meerlust Merlot 1995
      Merlot from South Africa
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      • Santa Carolina Merlot Reserva (1.5L) 1995
        Merlot from Chile
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          Merlot from Chile
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          • St. Francis Merlot 1995
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Gordon Brothers Merlot 1995 Front Label
              Gordon Brothers Merlot 1995
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Trentadue Merlot 1995 Front Label
              Trentadue Merlot 1995
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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              • Pine Ridge Crimson Creek Merlot (half-bottle) 1995
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                • Liparita Merlot 1995 Front Label
                  Liparita Merlot 1995
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                  • Mirassou Harvest Reserve Merlot 1995
                    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                    • Waterbrook Merlot Reserve 1995 Front Label
                      Waterbrook Merlot Reserve 1995
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
                        William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 1995
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                        • Maculan Marchesante Merlot 1995 Front Label
                          Maculan Marchesante Merlot 1995
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                          • Markham Reserve Merlot 1995
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                            • Stonestreet Alexander Valley Merlot (half-bottle) 1995
                              Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                              • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1995
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                                • Banfi Mandrielle Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                  Banfi Mandrielle Merlot 1995
                                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Kendall-Jackson Buckeye Vineyard Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                  Kendall-Jackson Buckeye Vineyard Merlot 1995
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                                  • Fetzer Reserve Merlot 1995
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                                    • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 1995 Front Label
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                                      • Charles Krug Reserve Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                        Charles Krug Reserve Merlot 1995
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                                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1995
                                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                          • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 1995 Front Label
                                            Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 1995
                                            Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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                                            Merlot from Carneros, California
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