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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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  • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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    • Tin Roof Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Tin Roof Merlot 2005
      Merlot from California
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    • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Whitehall Lane 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
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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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      • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005 Front Label
        Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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          • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2005 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2005
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Havens Merlot 2005 Front Label
                Havens Merlot 2005
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Vendange NV Merlot 2005 Front Label
                Vendange NV Merlot 2005
                Merlot from California
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                • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Hogue Genesis Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                • Rombauer Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Rombauer Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from Carneros, California
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                  • Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
                    Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2005
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
                      Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Clos Du Val Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Clos Du Val Merlot 2005
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                        • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005 Front Label
                          Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            Mirassou Merlot 2005
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                            • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Lapostolle Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Lapostolle Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Chile
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                            • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from North Coast, California
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                            • Christian Moueix Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Christian Moueix Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                              • Christian Moueix Merlot Encore 2005 Front Label
                                Christian Moueix Merlot Encore 2005
                                Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                                • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                  Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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