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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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2004
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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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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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      • 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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              • 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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                  • Ravenswood Sonoma Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2004 Front Label
                      Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2004
                      Merlot from Chile
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                      • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004 Front Label
                        Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2004
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                        • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2004 Front Label
                          Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2004
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                            • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              Baobab Merlot 2004
                              Merlot from South Africa
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                              • Sterling Napa Merlot 2004 Front Label
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                                • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                  Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2004
                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2004
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                                  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2004
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                                    • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004 Front Label
                                      Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004
                                      Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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