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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards 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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    • 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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      • Camelot Merlot 2001 Front Label
        Camelot Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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        • Rutini Merlot 2001 Front Label
          Rutini Merlot 2001
          Merlot from Argentina
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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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          • 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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            • 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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                • 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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                • 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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                  • Falesco Montiano 2001 Front Label
                    Falesco Montiano 2001
                    Merlot from Italy
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                  • Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001 Front Label
                    Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001
                    Merlot from Chile
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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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                        • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label
                          Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Zenato Merlot 2001 Front Label
                          Zenato Merlot 2001
                          Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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                          • Wolffer La Ferme Martin Merlot 2001
                            Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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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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                              • Clos du Bois Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                Clos du Bois Merlot 2001
                                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                                • 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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                                  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                    Shafer Napa Valley 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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