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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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  • Quilceda Creek Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Ravenswood Vintners Blend Merlot 2006
    Merlot from California
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    • Lapostolle Merlot 2006 Front Label
      Lapostolle Merlot 2006
      Merlot from Chile
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      • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006 Front Label
        Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006
        Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2006 Front Label
        Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2006
        Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2006 Front Label
          Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 2006
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Turnbull Merlot 2006 Front Label
            Turnbull Merlot 2006
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Kris Heart Merlot 2006 Front Label
              Kris Heart Merlot 2006
              Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
              Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2006
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Hayman & Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
                Hayman & Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2006
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Trumpeter Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Trumpeter Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Argentina
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                  • Michel Lynch Merlot 2006 Front Label
                    Michel Lynch Merlot 2006
                    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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                    • Calina Reserva Merlot 2006 Front Label
                      Calina Reserva Merlot 2006
                      Merlot from Chile
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                    • Cousino Macul Merlot 2006 Front Label
                      Cousino Macul Merlot 2006
                      Merlot from Chile
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                      • Oyster Bay Merlot 2006 Front Label
                        Oyster Bay Merlot 2006
                        Merlot from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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                        • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006 Front Label
                          Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006
                          Merlot from Chile
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                        • Guardian Peak Merlot 2006 Front Label
                          Guardian Peak Merlot 2006
                          Merlot from South Africa
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                          • Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2006 Front Label
                            Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2006
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                          • Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
                            Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Vincent Bouquet Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006 Front Label
                            Vincent Bouquet Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006
                            Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                            • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2006 Front Label
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                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                Vendange Merlot 2006
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                                • Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006 Front Label
                                  Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006
                                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Oxford Landing Merlot 2006 Front Label
                                  Oxford Landing Merlot 2006
                                  Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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                                  • Darioush Signature Merlot 2006 Front Label
                                    Darioush Signature Merlot 2006
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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