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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 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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    • Lapostolle Merlot 2009 Front Label
      Lapostolle Merlot 2009
      Merlot from Chile
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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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      • 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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        • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
          Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2009
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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        • 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
          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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          • Tin Roof Merlot 2009 Front Label
            Tin Roof Merlot 2009
            Merlot from California
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          • Jekel Merlot 2009 Front Label
            Jekel Merlot 2009
            Merlot from California
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            • Buccella Merlot 2009 Front Label
              Buccella Merlot 2009
              Merlot from Napa Valley, 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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                • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2009 Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve 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
                  • WS90
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                • Chateau Carignan Prima 2009 Front Label
                  Chateau Carignan Prima 2009
                  Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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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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                  • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2009 Front Label
                    Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2009
                    Merlot from Central Coast, 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
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                        • Chateau Larteau  2009 Front Label
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                          Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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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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                          • 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
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