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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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  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2009
    Merlot from North 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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    • Lapostolle Merlot 2009 Front Label
      Lapostolle Merlot 2009
      Merlot from Chile
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      • Summercloud Merlot 2009 Front Label
        Summercloud Merlot 2009
        Merlot from Mendocino, 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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        • 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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        • Brandolini Vistorta 2009 Front Label
          Brandolini Vistorta 2009
          Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • Brass Tacks Merlot 2009 Front Label
          Brass Tacks Merlot 2009
          Merlot from Central Coast, 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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            • Jekel Merlot 2009 Front Label
              Jekel Merlot 2009
              Merlot from 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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                  • Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2009 Front Label
                    Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2009
                    Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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                    • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2009 Front Label
                      Franciscan Estate Merlot 2009
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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                      • Tin Roof Merlot 2009 Front Label
                        Tin Roof Merlot 2009
                        Merlot from California
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                      • Leonetti Merlot (torn label) 2009  Front Label
                        Leonetti Merlot (torn label) 2009
                        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                      • Buccella Merlot 2009 Front Label
                        Buccella Merlot 2009
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
                          Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Valley Legend Napa Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
                          Valley Legend Napa Valley Merlot 2009
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2009 Front Label
                            Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2009
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                                Red Diamond Merlot 2009
                                Merlot from Washington
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                                  Leese-Fitch Merlot 2009
                                  Merlot from California
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