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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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2001  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Simi Alexander Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
      Simi Alexander Valley Merlot 2001
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • St. Francis Behler Vineyard Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
      St. Francis Behler Vineyard Reserve Merlot 2001
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Dynamite Vineyards Dynamite Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2001 Front Label
        Dynamite Vineyards Dynamite Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2001
        Merlot from North Coast, California
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2001 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2001
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Barwang Vintners Selection Merlot 2001
          Merlot from Australia
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          • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2001 Front Label
            Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2001
            Merlot from Chile
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          • Cartlidge & Browne Merlot 2001 Front Label
            Cartlidge & Browne Merlot 2001
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Yellow Tail Merlot 2001 Front Label
              Yellow Tail Merlot 2001
              Merlot from Australia
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              • Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001  Front Label
                Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Oxford Landing Merlot 2001 Front Label
                Oxford Landing Merlot 2001
                Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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                • Walla Walla Vintners Merlot 2001
                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Yangarra Estate Vineyard Appellation Series Merlot 2001 Front Label
                  Yangarra Estate Vineyard Appellation Series Merlot 2001
                  Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                • Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001 Front Label
                  Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001
                  Merlot from Chile
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                  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label
                    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Pepperwood Grove Merlot 2001 Front Label
                    Pepperwood Grove Merlot 2001
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Zenato Merlot 2001 Front Label
                      Zenato Merlot 2001
                      Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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                      • Wolffer Estate La Ferme Martin Merlot 2001
                        Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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                        • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                          Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Clos du Bois Merlot 2001 Front Label
                          Clos du Bois Merlot 2001
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Brown Brothers Patricia Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
                            Brown Brothers Patricia Reserve Merlot 2001
                            Merlot from Australia
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                            • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2001 Front Label
                              Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2001
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Stags' Leap Winery Estate Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                Stags' Leap Winery Estate Reserve Merlot 2001
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                  Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2001
                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                  Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2001
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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