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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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  • Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
      Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2013  Front Label
      Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2013
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Rombauer Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Rombauer Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Carneros, California
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      • Ghost Pines Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Ghost Pines Merlot 2013
        Merlot from North Coast, California
        • TP90
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      • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2013 Front Label
          Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Century Cellars Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Century Cellars Merlot 2013
            Merlot from California
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            • Le Macchiole Messorio 2013 Front Label
              Le Macchiole Messorio 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013 Front Label
              Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
              • JS94
              • WS93
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            • Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
              • RP93
              • WW92
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            • entwine Merlot 2013 Front Label
              entwine Merlot 2013
              Merlot from California
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              • Emmolo Merlot 2013 Front Label
                Emmolo Merlot 2013
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Pennywise Merlot 2013 Front Label
                Pennywise Merlot 2013
                Merlot from California
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                • Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013 Front Label
                  Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
                    Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
                    Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013 Front Label
                    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2013
                    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • D97
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                    • WE90
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                  • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
                    Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Clos Du Val Merlot 2013 Front Label
                      Clos Du Val Merlot 2013
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Petrolo Galatrona 2013 Front Label
                        Petrolo Galatrona 2013
                        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                        • RP97
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                        • WS92
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                      • Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2013
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Cakebread Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Cakebread Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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