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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2005 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2005
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tin Roof Merlot 2005
    Merlot from 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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    • Pedestal Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Pedestal Merlot 2005
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate 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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      • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2005 Front Label
        BV Century Cellars Merlot 2005
        Merlot from 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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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Raphael Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Raphael Merlot 2005
            Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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            • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2005 Front Label
              Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2005
              Merlot from Chile
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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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                • Raymond R Collection Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Raymond R Collection Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Meerlust Merlot 2005 Front Label
                    Meerlust Merlot 2005
                    Merlot from South Africa
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                    • Turnbull Merlot 2005 Front Label
                      Turnbull Merlot 2005
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Vendange NV Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Vendange NV Merlot 2005
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                        • Trumpeter Merlot 2005 Front Label
                          Trumpeter Merlot 2005
                          Merlot from Argentina
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                          • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
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                            • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Hogue Genesis Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Lapostolle Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Lapostolle Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Chile
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                              Rombauer Merlot 2005
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                              • Clos Du Val Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                Clos Du Val Merlot 2005
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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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                                  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005
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