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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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  • Fisher Vineyards RCF Vineyard Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Fisher Vineyards RCF Vineyard Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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      • Trumpeter Merlot 2002 Front Label
        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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        • 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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              • 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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                • Bulletin Place Merlot 2002 Front Label
                  Bulletin Place Merlot 2002
                  Merlot from Australia
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                  • J. Garcia Merlot 2002 Front Label
                    J. Garcia Merlot 2002
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                      • 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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                        • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002 Front Label
                          Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002
                          Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                          • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2002 Front Label
                            Hogue Genesis 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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                            • Caliterra Merlot 2002 Front Label
                              Caliterra Merlot 2002
                              Merlot from Chile
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                              • Banrock Station Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                Banrock Station Merlot 2002
                                Merlot from Australia
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                                • Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                  Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2002
                                  Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                    Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Mia's Playground Dry Creek Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                      Mia's Playground Dry Creek Valley Merlot 2002
                                      Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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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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                                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                        Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2002
                                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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