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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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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 1998 Front Label
      Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 1998
      Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998  Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998
        Merlot from North Coast, California
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1998
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Artesa Sonoma Merlot 1998 Front Label
        Artesa Sonoma Merlot 1998
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Backsberg Estate Merlot 1998 Front Label
        Backsberg Estate Merlot 1998
        Merlot from South Africa
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      • Buena Vista Merlot 1998 Front Label
        Buena Vista Merlot 1998
        Merlot from California
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        • Covey Run Merlot Barrel Select 1998
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Michel Lynch Merlot 1998
            Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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            • Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Merlot 1998
              Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Verite  1998 Front Label
                Verite 1998
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Clos Du Val Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 1998
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Markham Reserve Merlot 1998
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 1998 Front Label
                      Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 1998
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998 Front Label
                        Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Ravenswood Napa Merlot 1998 Front Label
                        Ravenswood Napa Merlot 1998
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • C.J. Pask Winery GimblettRoad Merlot 1998 Front Label
                          C.J. Pask Winery GimblettRoad Merlot 1998
                          Merlot from New Zealand
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                        • Rabbit Ridge Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot 1998
                          Merlot from Carneros, California
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                          • Artesa Napa Merlot 1998 Front Label
                            Artesa Napa Merlot 1998
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                            • Benziger Merlot 1998 Front Label
                              Benziger Merlot 1998
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Leonetti Merlot 1998 Front Label
                                Leonetti Merlot 1998
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 1998
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • La Playa Merlot 1998
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                                • Deer Valley Merlot 1998
                                  Merlot from California
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                                  • Fabiano Merlot 1998
                                    Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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