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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 Front Label
    Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2004
    Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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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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      • 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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          • 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
              Merlot from Spain
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              • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004 Front Label
                Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Ravenswood Sonoma Merlot 2004 Front Label
                  Ravenswood Sonoma 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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                  • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Clos du Bois Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Clos du Bois Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                      • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2004 Front Label
                        Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2004
                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Turnbull Merlot 2004 Front Label
                          Turnbull Merlot 2004
                          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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                          • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004 Front Label
                            Rutherford Hill Merlot 2004
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • J. Garcia Merlot 2004
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Baobab Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                Baobab Merlot 2004
                                Merlot from South Africa
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                                • Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
                                  Swanson Oakville Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2004
                                  Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                                • Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                  Sterling Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2004
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Trinchero Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                    Trinchero Merlot 2004
                                    Merlot from Central Coast, 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
                                      Banrock Station Merlot 2004
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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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                                        • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                          Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004
                                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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