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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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  • St. Francis Merlot 2008 Front Label
    St. Francis Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008 Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Chile
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      • Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
          L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2008
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Kris Heart Merlot 2008 Front Label
          Kris Heart Merlot 2008
          Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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          • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            Meerlust Merlot 2008
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Calina Reserva Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Calina Reserva Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Chile
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              • Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008 Front Label
                Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008
                Merlot from Carneros, California
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                • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Leonetti Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Snoqualmie Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Snoqualmie Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Oberon Merlot 2008 Front Label
                    Oberon Merlot 2008
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2008
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot 2008
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                    • Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
                      Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2008
                      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008 Front Label
                        Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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