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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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        • 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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          • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Leonetti Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • St. Francis Merlot 2008 Front Label
            St. Francis Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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            • Castle Rock Columbia Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Castle Rock Columbia Valley Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
                Santa Ema Reserve 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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                • Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, 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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                  • Falesco Merlot Umbria 2008 Front Label
                    Falesco Merlot Umbria 2008
                    Merlot from Italy
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                    • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2008 Front Label
                      Twomey Merlot 2008
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Meerlust Merlot 2008 Front Label
                      Meerlust Merlot 2008
                      Merlot from South Africa
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                      • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
                        Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008
                        Merlot from Central Coast, 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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                        • 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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                          • Tangley Oaks Merlot 2008 Front Label
                            Tangley Oaks Merlot 2008
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2008 Front Label
                              Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2008
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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                              • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                Hogue Genesis Merlot 2008
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Jailhouse Rock Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Jailhouse Rock Merlot 2008
                                Merlot from 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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                                • Oberon Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                  Oberon Merlot 2008
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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