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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Clos Du Val Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
      Arrowood Reserve Merlot 1997
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
      • WS90
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    • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 1997
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Clos du Bois Winemaker Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
        Clos du Bois Winemaker Reserve Merlot 1997
        Merlot from California
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      • Louis Martini Merlot 1997 Front Label
        Louis Martini Merlot 1997
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1997 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1997
          Merlot from North Coast, California
          • RP93
          • WS92
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        • Columbia Winery Merlot 1997 Front Label
          Columbia Winery Merlot 1997
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Sonoma Creek Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot 1997
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Sartori Merlot 1997 Front Label
              Sartori Merlot 1997
              Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • Blackstone Napa Merlot (half-bottle) 1997
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Kunde Merlot 1997 Front Label
                  Kunde Merlot 1997
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Jacob's Creek Merlot 1997 Front Label
                    Jacob's Creek Merlot 1997
                    Merlot from Australia
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                    • Callaway Barrel Select Merlot 1997 Front Label
                      Callaway Barrel Select Merlot 1997
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Camelot Merlot 1997 Front Label
                        Camelot Merlot 1997
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1997 Front Label
                          Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot 1997
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Dom. St. George Barrel Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
                            Dom. St. George Barrel Reserve Merlot 1997
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                            • Barwang Regional Selection Coonawarra Merlot 1997
                              Merlot from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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                              • Hogue Merlot 1997
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Lindeman’s Bin Series Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                  Lindeman’s Bin Series Reserve Merlot 1997
                                  Merlot from Australia
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                                  • Raymond Amberhill Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                    Raymond Amberhill Merlot 1997
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                      Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 1997
                                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Bernardus Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                        Bernardus Merlot 1997
                                        Merlot from California
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                                        • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                          Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997
                                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                        • Coldstream Hills Merlot 1997 Front Label
                                          Coldstream Hills Merlot 1997
                                          Merlot from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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