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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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    Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2004
    Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2004
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        Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2004
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          Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          Ravenswood Sonoma Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                Baobab Merlot 2004
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                  BV Century Cellars Merlot 2004
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                    Concha y Toro Xplorador Merlot 2004
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                      O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                      Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2004
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                      Ferrari-Carano Merlot (3 Liter Double Magnum) 2004
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        Silverado Merlot 2004
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                            Canoe Ridge Merlot 2004
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                              Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2004
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                                Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2004
                                Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                                    Canyon Road Merlot 2004
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                                      Barnard Griffin Merlot 2004
                                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                        Parducci Merlot 2004
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