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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 2009 Front Label
          Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Summercloud Merlot 2009 Front Label
          Summercloud Merlot 2009
          Merlot from Mendocino, California
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          • Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2009 Front Label
            Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2009
            Merlot from North Coast, California
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            • Lapostolle Merlot 2009 Front Label
              Lapostolle Merlot 2009
              Merlot from Chile
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              • Brass Tacks Merlot 2009 Front Label
                Brass Tacks Merlot 2009
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2009 Front Label
                  Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2009
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Clos Du Val Merlot 2009 Front Label
                  Clos Du Val Merlot 2009
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Mt. Brave Merlot 2009 Front Label
                    Mt. Brave Merlot 2009
                    Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Les Jamelles Merlot - Vins de Pays D'Oc 2009 Front Label
                    Les Jamelles Merlot - Vins de Pays D'Oc 2009
                    Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                    • Ornellaia Masseto 2009 Front Label
                      Ornellaia Masseto 2009
                      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2009 Front Label
                      Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2009
                      Merlot from Chile
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                    • Brandolini Vistorta 2009 Front Label
                      Brandolini Vistorta 2009
                      Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Buccella Merlot 2009 Front Label
                      Buccella Merlot 2009
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Jekel Merlot 2009 Front Label
                        Jekel Merlot 2009
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2009 Front Label
                          Montes Alpha Series Merlot 2009
                          Merlot from Chile
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                        • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
                          Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2009
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Folie a Deux Merlot 2009 Front Label
                          Folie a Deux Merlot 2009
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Mirassou Merlot 2009 Front Label
                            Mirassou Merlot 2009
                            Merlot from California
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                            • Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009 Front Label
                              Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009
                              Merlot from Chile
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                            • Twomey Merlot 2009 Front Label
                              Twomey Merlot 2009
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2009 Front Label
                                Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2009
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2009 Front Label
                                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2009
                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2009 Front Label
                                    Franciscan Estate Merlot 2009
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
                                      Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2009
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Chateau Larteau  2009 Front Label
                                      Chateau Larteau 2009
                                      Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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