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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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  • Meishar Winery Merlot 2011  Front Label
    Meishar Winery Merlot 2011
    Merlot from Israel
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    • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      Maryhill Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2011 Front Label
        Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2011
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Ridge Estate Merlot 2011 Front Label
        Ridge Estate Merlot 2011
        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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      • Petrolo Galatrona 2011 Front Label
        Petrolo Galatrona 2011
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2011
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Decoy Merlot 2011 Front Label
          Decoy Merlot 2011
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2011 Front Label
            Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2011
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Cakebread Merlot 2011 Front Label
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              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Leonetti Merlot (scuffed labels) 2011 Front Label
                Leonetti Merlot (scuffed labels) 2011
                Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Prologue Merlot 2011 Front Label
                Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Prologue Merlot 2011
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2011 Front Label
                  Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2011
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2011 Front Label
                  Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2011
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2011  Front Label
                    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2011
                    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • 3 Girls Merlot 2011 Front Label
                    3 Girls Merlot 2011
                    Merlot from Lodi, California
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                    • Coach House Cellars Merlot 2011 Front Label
                      Coach House Cellars Merlot 2011
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Five Rivers Merlot 2011 Front Label
                        Five Rivers Merlot 2011
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                        • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Front Label
                          Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2011
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          Fleur du Cap Merlot 2011
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                          • Raymond R Collection Merlot 2011 Front Label
                            Raymond R Collection Merlot 2011
                            Merlot from California
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                              • Efeste Upright Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                Efeste Upright Merlot 2011
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2011
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                                  ONEHOPE California Merlot 2011
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