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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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  • Simi Alexander Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Simi Alexander Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2001
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, 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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      • Maculan Brentino di Breganze Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Maculan Brentino di Breganze Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Italy
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      • Lindeman’s Bin Series Bin 40 Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Lindeman’s Bin Series Bin 40 Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Australia
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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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        • Falesco Montiano 2001 Front Label
          Falesco Montiano 2001
          Merlot from Italy
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        • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2001 Front Label
          Canoe Ridge Merlot 2001
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
          Charles Krug Napa Valley 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
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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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                  • 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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                    • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2001 Front Label
                      Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2001
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 2001 Front Label
                        Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 2001
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                        • Christian Moueix Merlot 2001  Front Label
                          Christian Moueix Merlot 2001
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                          • Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2001 Front Label
                            Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2001
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Sterling Reserve Merlot 2001 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              Carmenet Merlot 2001
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                                Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                                • Snoqualmie Merlot 2001 Front Label
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                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Rutini Merlot 2001 Front Label
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                                    Merlot from Argentina
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                                    • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                      Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2001
                                      Merlot from North Coast, 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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