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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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        • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Leonetti Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2004
          Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
            Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
            Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2004 Front Label
            Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2004
            Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2004
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2004
                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Wente Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Wente Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Bodegas Nekeas Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                    Merlot from Spain
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                    • Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                      • Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
                        Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2004
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Lapostolle Merlot 2004 Front Label
                          Lapostolle Merlot 2004
                          Merlot from Chile
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                          • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 2004 Front Label
                              Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 2004
                              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                              • Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2004
                                Merlot from Chile
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                                • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                  Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2004
                                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Ravenswood Sonoma Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                    • Turnbull Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                        Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004
                                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Baobab Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                        Merlot from South Africa
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                                        • Rombauer Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                          • Havens Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                            Havens Merlot 2004
                                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                          • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                            Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004
                                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                            • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                              Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004
                                              Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                                            • Banrock Station Merlot 2004 Front Label
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