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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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  • Behrens & Hitchcock Las Amigas Merlot Oakville 2000
    Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2000 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 2000
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2000 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2000
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Jade Mountain Paras Vineyard Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000 Front Label
        Jade Mountain Paras Vineyard Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Provenance Vineyards Carneros Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000 Front Label
          Provenance Vineyards Carneros Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000
          Merlot from Carneros, California
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          • Meerlust Merlot 2000 Front Label
            Meerlust Merlot 2000
            Merlot from South Africa
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          • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 2000 Front Label
            Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 2000
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2000
              Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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              • Mezzacorona Merlot 2000
                Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2000 Front Label
                  Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2000
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Veramonte Merlot 2000 Front Label
                  Veramonte Merlot 2000
                  Merlot from Chile
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                  • Buena Vista Merlot 2000
                    Merlot from California
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                  • Crosspoint Paso Rolbes Merlot 2000 Front Label
                    Crosspoint Paso Rolbes Merlot 2000
                    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                    • Danzante Merlot 2000 Front Label
                      Danzante Merlot 2000
                      Merlot from Italy
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                      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2000
                        Merlot from Chile
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                      • Jacob's Creek Merlot 2000
                        Merlot from Australia
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                        • Clos Du Val Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Vichon Merlot 2000
                            Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                              • Columbia Winery Merlot 2000 Front Label
                                Columbia Winery Merlot 2000
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Merlot 2000 Front Label
                                  Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Merlot 2000
                                  Merlot from California
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                                    Clos Du Val Merlot 2000
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2000 Front Label
                                      Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2000
                                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                    • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2000
                                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Snoqualmie Reserve Merlot 2000 Front Label
                                        Snoqualmie Reserve Merlot 2000
                                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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