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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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    Maryhill Merlot 2011
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Waterbrook Reserve 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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    • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Buena Vista Carneros Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Buena Vista Carneros Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Carneros, California
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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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      • Ornellaia Masseto (scuffed label) 2011 Front Label
        Ornellaia Masseto (scuffed label) 2011
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Clos Du Val Merlot 2011 Front Label
        Clos Du Val Merlot 2011
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Decoy Merlot 2011 Front Label
        Decoy Merlot 2011
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Leonetti Merlot 2011 Front Label
          Leonetti Merlot 2011
          Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Cakebread Merlot 2011 Front Label
          Cakebread Merlot 2011
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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            • Scheid Vineyards Merlot 2011 Front Label
              Scheid Vineyards 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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              • Trinchero Chicken Ranch Merlot 2011 Front Label
                Trinchero Chicken Ranch Merlot 2011
                Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, 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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                • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Front Label
                  Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2011
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Five Rivers Merlot 2011 Front Label
                  Five Rivers Merlot 2011
                  Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, 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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                    • Fleur du Cap Merlot 2011 Front Label
                      Fleur du Cap Merlot 2011
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                      • Maggio Family Vineyards Merlot 2011 Front Label
                        Maggio Family Vineyards Merlot 2011
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                        • Raymond R Collection Merlot 2011 Front Label
                          Raymond R Collection Merlot 2011
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                            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
                            Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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