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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 2006  Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Quilceda Creek Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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    • RP93
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lapostolle Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Lapostolle Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
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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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      • RP94
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    • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Merlot 2006 Front Label
      Ravenswood Vintners Blend Merlot 2006
      Merlot from California
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      • Bedell Cellars Merlot 2006 Front Label
        Bedell Cellars Merlot 2006
        Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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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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          • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006 Front Label
            Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2006 Front Label
            Stags' Leap Winery 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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              • Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2006 Front Label
                Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2006
                Merlot from Israel
                • RP88
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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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                • Kris Heart Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Kris Heart Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
                  • RP87
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                • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Chile
                  • WS90
                  • WE90
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Cousino Macul Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Cousino Macul Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Chile
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                  • Sonoma Creek Merlot 2006 Front Label
                    Sonoma Creek Merlot 2006
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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
                      • WE92
                      • RP90
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                    • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2006 Front Label
                      Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2006
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Chalk Hill Merlot 2006 Front Label
                      Chalk Hill Merlot 2006
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                      • Vendange Merlot 2006 Front Label
                        Vendange Merlot 2006
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006 Front Label
                          Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006
                          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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