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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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  • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Rust en Vrede Merlot 2002 Front Label
      Rust en Vrede Merlot 2002
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        Trumpeter Merlot 2002
        Merlot from Argentina
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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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        • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
          Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 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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            • Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002 Front Label
              Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Red Diamond Merlot 2002 Front Label
                Red Diamond Merlot 2002
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Atalon Merlot 2002 Front Label
                  Atalon Merlot 2002
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                  Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2002
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                  • Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2002 Front Label
                    Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2002
                    Merlot from Chile
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                    • Baobab Merlot 2002
                      Merlot from South Africa
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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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                    • Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002 Front Label
                      Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2002 Front Label
                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2002
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                            • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                              • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                • Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                  • Bolla Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                                    • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2002 Front Label
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