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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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    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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    • Jade Mountain Paras Vineyard Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000 Front Label
      Jade Mountain Paras Vineyard Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000
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      • Provenance Vineyards Carneros Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2000 Front Label
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        • Dom. St. George Merlot 2000
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          • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2000 Front Label
            Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2000
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              Ornellaia Masseto 2000
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Lapostolle Merlot 2000
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              • Buena Vista Merlot 2000
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              • Crosspoint Paso Rolbes Merlot 2000 Front Label
                Crosspoint Paso Rolbes Merlot 2000
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                • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2000
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                • Barton & Guestier Merlot 2000
                  Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                    • Clos Du Val Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                      • Rosemount Diamond Merlot 2000
                        Merlot from Australia
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                        • Columbia Winery Merlot 2000 Front Label
                          Columbia Winery Merlot 2000
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                          • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2000
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                            • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2000 Front Label
                              Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2000
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                                  • Leonetti Merlot (loose foil capsule) 2000 Front Label
                                    Leonetti Merlot (loose foil capsule) 2000
                                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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