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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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Indaba Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Indaba Merlot 2007
    Merlot from South Africa
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    • Fantinel Celebrate Life Merlot 2007 Front Label
      Fantinel Celebrate Life Merlot 2007
      Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • W&S93
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      • Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007 Front Label
        Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Mirassou Merlot 2007 Front Label
        Mirassou Merlot 2007
        Merlot from California
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        • Cousino Macul Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Cousino Macul Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Chile
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          • Kris Heart Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Kris Heart Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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          • Le Macchiole Messorio 2007 Front Label
            Le Macchiole Messorio 2007
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Chile
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            • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2007
              Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
              • RP92
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            • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2007 Front Label
              BV Century Cellars Merlot 2007
              Merlot from California
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              • Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2007
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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              • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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              • Houdini Oakville Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Houdini Oakville Merlot 2007
                Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
                • WE90
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              • Montevina Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Montevina Merlot 2007
                Merlot from California
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                • Monthaven Winery Merlot (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2007 Front Label
                  Monthaven Winery Merlot (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2007
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Stone Cellars Merlot 2007 Front Label
                    Stone Cellars Merlot 2007
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Castle Rock Napa Merlot 2007 Front Label
                      Castle Rock Napa Merlot 2007
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2007 Front Label
                        Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2007
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • Brandolini Vistorta 2007 Front Label
                          Brandolini Vistorta 2007
                          Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                        • Sagelands Merlot Four Corners 2007 Front Label
                          Sagelands Merlot Four Corners 2007
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Snoqualmie Merlot 2007 Front Label
                            Snoqualmie Merlot 2007
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2007 Front Label
                            Swanson Oakville Merlot 2007
                            Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2007 Front Label
                            Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2007
                            Merlot from Chile
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