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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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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2003  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2003
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2003 Front Label
    Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2003
    Merlot from California
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    • Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Merlot 2003 Front Label
      Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Merlot 2003
      Merlot from California
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      • Sterling Napa Merlot 2003 Front Label
        Sterling Napa Merlot 2003
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2003 Front Label
          Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2003
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Covey Run Merlot 2003 Front Label
            Covey Run Merlot 2003
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Cousino Macul Merlot 2003 Front Label
              Cousino Macul Merlot 2003
              Merlot from Chile
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              • Ironstone Merlot 2003 Front Label
                Ironstone Merlot 2003
                Merlot from California
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                • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2003 Front Label
                  Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2003
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                  • Canyon Road Merlot 2003 Front Label
                    Canyon Road Merlot 2003
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Camelot Merlot 2003 Front Label
                      Camelot Merlot 2003
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                      • Little Penguin Merlot 2003 Front Label
                        Little Penguin Merlot 2003
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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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                        • Lapostolle Merlot 2003 Front Label
                          Lapostolle Merlot 2003
                          Merlot from Chile
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                            Stonehaven Merlot 2003
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                            • Benziger Merlot 2003 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • William Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2003 Front Label
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                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Leonetti Merlot 2003 Front Label
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                                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  Merlot from California
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                                  • Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                    Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003
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                                    • Toasted Head Merlot 2003 Front Label
                                      Toasted Head Merlot 2003
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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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