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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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  • 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
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    • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
      Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 1997
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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
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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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          • 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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                • Camelot Merlot 1997 Front Label
                  Camelot Merlot 1997
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Callaway Barrel Select Merlot 1997 Front Label
                    Callaway Barrel Select Merlot 1997
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Ballentine Merlot 1997 Front Label
                      Ballentine Merlot 1997
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, 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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                        • Barwang Regional Selection Coonawarra Merlot 1997
                          Merlot from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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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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                            • 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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                                • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 1997
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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
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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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