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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001
    Merlot from North Coast, 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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      • Barwang Vintners Selection Merlot 2001
        Merlot from Australia
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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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          • Yellow Tail Merlot 2001 Front Label
            Yellow Tail Merlot 2001
            Merlot from Australia
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            • Yangarra Estate Appellation Series Merlot 2001 Front Label
              Yangarra Estate Vineyard Appellation Series Merlot 2001
              Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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            • Katnook Estate Merlot 2001 Front Label
              Katnook Estate Merlot 2001
              Merlot from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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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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              • Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001 Front Label
                Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001
                Merlot from Chile
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                • Zenato Merlot 2001 Front Label
                  Zenato Merlot 2001
                  Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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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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                  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label
                    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2001
                    Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                    • Clos Du Val Merlot 2001 Front Label
                      Clos Du Val 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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                      • Wolffer Estate La Ferme Martin Merlot 2001
                        Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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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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                          • Christian Moueix Merlot 2001  Front Label
                            Christian Moueix Merlot 2001
                            Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                            • Falesco Montiano 2001 Front Label
                              Falesco Montiano 2001
                              Merlot from Italy
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                            • Starmont Merlot 2001
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Sterling Napa Merlot 2001 Front Label
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                              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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                                  • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2001 Front Label
                                    Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2001
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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