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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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  • 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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    • St. Francis Merlot 2008 Front Label
      St. Francis Merlot 2008
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        Castle Rock Columbia Valley 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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        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
          Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2008
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008 Front Label
          Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008
          Merlot from Carneros, 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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          • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Chile
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          • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Leonetti Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Chile
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            • Novelty Hill Merlot 2008 Front Label
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              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Meerlust Merlot 2008 Front Label
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                Merlot from South Africa
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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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                • Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                    • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008 Front Label
                      Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2008
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2008 Front Label
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                      • Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 2008 Front Label
                        Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 2008
                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2008 Front Label
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                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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