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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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  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2011  Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2011
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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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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    • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2011 Front Label
      Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2011
      Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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      • Maryhill Merlot 2011 Front Label
        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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        • 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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          • 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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                • 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
                      Merlot from South Africa
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                      • Maggio Family Vineyards Merlot 2011 Front Label
                        Maggio Family Vineyards Merlot 2011
                        Merlot from California
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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
                            Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                            • Feudi del Pisciotto Valentino Merlot 2011 Front Label
                              Feudi del Pisciotto Valentino Merlot 2011
                              Merlot from Sicily, Italy
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                              • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                                Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                  L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2011
                                  Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Trinchero Vista Montone Vineyard Daybreak Block Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                    Trinchero Vista Montone Vineyard Daybreak Block Merlot 2011
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                      Whitehall Lane Merlot 2011
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                      • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2011 Front Label
                                        Hogue Genesis Merlot 2011
                                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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