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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 reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What most 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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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Gordon Brothers Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Indaba Merlot 2007 Front Label
      Indaba Merlot 2007
      Merlot from South Africa
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      • Tangley Oaks Merlot 2007 Front Label
        Tangley Oaks Merlot 2007
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Kris Heart Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Kris Heart Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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        • St. Francis Merlot 2007 Front Label
          St. Francis Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Chile
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          • Pedestal Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Pedestal Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2007 Front Label
            Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2007
            Merlot from Chile
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            • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Chile
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            • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2007
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2007 Front Label
                  Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2007
                  Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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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
                  • WS90
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                • Le Macchiole Messorio 2007 Front Label
                  Le Macchiole Messorio 2007
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
                  • WE99
                  • WS93
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                • Cousino Macul Merlot 2007 Front Label
                  Cousino Macul Merlot 2007
                  Merlot from Chile
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                  • Brass Tacks Merlot 2007 Front Label
                    Brass Tacks Merlot 2007
                    Merlot from Central Coast, California
                    • WE88
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                  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2007 Front Label
                    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2007
                    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007 Front Label
                    Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007
                    Merlot from Chile
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                    • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2007 Front Label
                      Luna Vineyards Merlot 2007
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2007 Front Label
                        Wente Sandstone Merlot 2007
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • Parducci Merlot 2007 Front Label
                          Parducci Merlot 2007
                          Merlot from North Coast, California
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                          • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007 Front Label
                            Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Snoqualmie Naked Merlot 2007 Front Label
                            Snoqualmie Naked Merlot 2007
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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