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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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  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
      Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2002
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2002 Front Bottle Shot
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2002
      Merlot from North Coast, California
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    • Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002 Front Label
      Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002
      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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        Merlot from South Africa
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        Rust en Vrede Merlot 2002
        Merlot from South Africa
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        • Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2002 Front Label
          Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2002
          Merlot from Chile
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          • Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002 Front Label
            Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002
            Merlot from California
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            • Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
              Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2002
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2002 Front Label
                Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2002
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • St. Clement Merlot 2002 Front Label
                St. Clement Merlot 2002
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot 2002 Front Label
                  Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot 2002
                  Merlot from Australia
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                  • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002 Front Label
                    Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002
                    Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                    • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002 Front Label
                      Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002 Front Label
                        Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2002 Front Label
                        Rutherford Hill Merlot 2002
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2002 Front Label
                            Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2002
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                              Merlot from California
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                              • Bolla Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                  Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Cakebread Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  Merlot from California
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                                  • Sterling Reserve Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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