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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2013 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2013
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Century Cellars Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Century Cellars Merlot 2013
    Merlot from California
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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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      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
        • JS92
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      • Rombauer Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Rombauer Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Carneros, California
        • WW91
        • WS90
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      • Lockwood Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Lockwood Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Swanson Napa Valley Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • TP92
        3.9 33 Ratings
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      • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
        Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Washington
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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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        • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
          Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013
          Merlot from North Coast, California
          • WW89
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        • St. Francis Merlot 2013 Front Label
          St. Francis Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Schug Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Schug Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
            • W&S91
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          • Cakebread Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Cakebread Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WE90
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          • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Central Coast, 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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              • Hendry Merlot 2013 Front Label
                Hendry 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
                  • JS99
                  • RP98
                  • D97
                  • WS95
                  • WE90
                  4.5 6 Ratings
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                • Petrolo Galatrona 2013 Front Label
                  Petrolo Galatrona 2013
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
                  • JS98
                  • RP97
                  • W&S94
                  • WS92
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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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                  • entwine Merlot 2013 Front Label
                    entwine Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from California
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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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                      • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2013
                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Parcel 41 Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Parcel 41 Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Leonetti Merlot 2013 Front Label
                            Leonetti Merlot 2013
                            Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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