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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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  • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • WW90
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    • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Oxford Landing Merlot 2012 Front Label
      Oxford Landing Merlot 2012
      Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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      • Barnard Griffin Merlot 2012 Front Label
        Barnard Griffin Merlot 2012
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2012 Front Label
          Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2012
          Merlot from Mendocino, California
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          • Cousino Macul Merlot 2012 Front Label
            Cousino Macul Merlot 2012
            Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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            • Cannonball Merlot 2012 Front Label
              Cannonball Merlot 2012
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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            • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
              Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2012
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Annabella Merlot 2012 Front Label
              Annabella Merlot 2012
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2012 Front Label
                Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2012
                Merlot from Washington
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              • Clos Du Val Merlot 2012 Front Label
                Clos Du Val Merlot 2012
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • JS91
                • WE90
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              • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2012 Front Label
                Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2012
                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Hedges Family Estate HIP Merlot 2012 Front Label
                  Hedges Family Estate HIP Merlot 2012
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2012 Front Label
                    Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2012
                    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2012 Front Label
                      Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2012
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • WE92
                      • WW90
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                    • Le Macchiole Messorio 2012 Front Label
                      Le Macchiole Messorio 2012
                      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
                      • RP97
                      • JS96
                      • WS95
                      • W&S94
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                    • Emmolo Merlot 2012 Front Label
                      Emmolo Merlot 2012
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Estancia Merlot 2012 Front Label
                      Estancia Merlot 2012
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                      • Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2012 Front Label
                        Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2012
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                        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
                          Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2012
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
                          Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2012
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Falesco Merlot Umbria 2012 Front Label
                          Falesco Merlot Umbria 2012
                          Merlot from Umbria, Italy
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                          • Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2012 Front Label
                            Marilyn Napa Valley Merlot 2012
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                            • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2012 Front Label
                              Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2012
                              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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