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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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  • Christian Moueix Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Christian Moueix Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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    • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2005
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2005 Front Label
        Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot 2005
        Merlot from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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        • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
          Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 2005
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Whitehall Lane Merlot (half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Whitehall Lane Merlot (half-bottle) 2005
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WE92
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          • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2005
            Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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          • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Ecco Domani Merlot 2005 Front Label
              Ecco Domani Merlot 2005
              Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005 Front Label
                Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WS90
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              • Raphael Merlot 2005 Front Label
                Raphael Merlot 2005
                Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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                • Beringer Third Century Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Beringer Third Century Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from North Coast, California
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                  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
                    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
                    Merlot from North Coast, California
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                    • Vendange NV Merlot 2005 Front Label
                      Vendange NV Merlot 2005
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                        • RP91
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                      • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Lapostolle Merlot 2005 Front Label
                          Lapostolle Merlot 2005
                          Merlot from Chile
                          • WE86
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                        • Rombauer Merlot 2005 Front Label
                          Rombauer Merlot 2005
                          Merlot from Carneros, California
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                          • Clos Du Val Merlot 2005 Front Label
                            Clos Du Val Merlot 2005
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2005
                                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                                • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                  Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • J. Garcia Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                    J. Garcia Merlot 2005
                                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                    • Ornellaia Masseto 2005 Front Label
                                      Ornellaia Masseto 2005
                                      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
                                      • WS96
                                      • RP94
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                                    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                      Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                      • WE90
                                      3.2 5 Ratings
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                                    • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2005  Front Label
                                      Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2005
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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