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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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  • 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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        • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2004 Front Label
          Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2004
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2004 Front Label
            Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2004
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Wente Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Wente Merlot 2004
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Torres Atrium 2004 Front Label
                Torres Atrium 2004
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                • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from North Coast, California
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                • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot 2004
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                    • Ravenswood Sonoma Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
                        Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2004
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                        • Raymond R Collection Merlot 2004 Front Label
                          Raymond R Collection Merlot 2004
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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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                            • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                              • Clos du Bois Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Turnbull Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                  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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                                    • Trinchero Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                                      • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                          • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                            Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004
                                            Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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