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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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  • Sterling Napa Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Sterling Napa Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2003 Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2003
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Canyon Road Merlot 2003 Front Label
        Canyon Road Merlot 2003
        Merlot from California
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        • Covey Run Merlot 2003 Front Label
          Covey Run Merlot 2003
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Christian Moueix Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Christian Moueix Merlot 2003
            Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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          • Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2003
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Mirassou Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Mirassou Merlot 2003
            Merlot from California
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            • Clos du Bois Merlot 2003 Front Label
              Clos du Bois Merlot 2003
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2003 Front Label
              Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2003
              Merlot from Israel
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              • Camelot Merlot 2003 Front Label
                Camelot Merlot 2003
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2003 Front Label
                  William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2003
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Jacuzzi Rosso di Sette Fratelli Merlot 2003 Front Label
                  Jacuzzi Rosso di Sette Fratelli Merlot 2003
                  Merlot from Carneros, California
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                  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2003 Front Label
                    Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2003
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Benziger Merlot 2003 Front Label
                      Benziger Merlot 2003
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Livio Felluga Merlot 2003 Front Label
                        Livio Felluga Merlot 2003
                        Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                        • Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003 Front Label
                          Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003
                          Merlot from Carneros, California
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                          • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2003 Front Label
                            Swanson Oakville Merlot 2003
                            Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                            • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2003 Front Label
                              Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2003
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Murphy-Goode Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                Murphy-Goode Merlot 2003
                                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                • Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                  Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003
                                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2003  Front Label
                                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2003
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2003
                                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2003
                                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                    • Leonetti Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                      Leonetti Merlot 2003
                                      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                      Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003
                                      Merlot from North Coast, California
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