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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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  • Fantinel Celebrate Life Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Fantinel Celebrate Life Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2007 Front Label
      Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2007
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • Kris Heart Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Kris Heart Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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        • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Chile
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            • Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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              • Pedestal Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Pedestal Merlot 2007
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                • 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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                • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007 Front Label
                  Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Gordon Brothers Merlot 2007 Front Label
                  Gordon Brothers Merlot 2007
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Guardian Peak Merlot 2007 Front Label
                    Guardian Peak Merlot 2007
                    Merlot from South Africa
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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
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                  • Le Macchiole Messorio 2007 Front Label
                    Le Macchiole Messorio 2007
                    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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                      • St. Francis Merlot 2007 Front Label
                        St. Francis Merlot 2007
                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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                        • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2007 Front Label
                          Luna Vineyards 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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                            • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
                              Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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