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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2013 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2013
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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    Miner Family Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Hagafen Merlot (OU Kosher) 2013 Front Label
      Hagafen Merlot (OU Kosher) 2013
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        Browne Family Vineyards 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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          • Tellus Merlot 2013 Front Label
            Tellus Merlot 2013
            Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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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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            • Lockwood Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Lockwood Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Le Macchiole Messorio 2013 Front Label
              Le Macchiole Messorio 2013
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
              Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013
              Merlot from North Coast, California
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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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              • Schug Merlot 2013 Front Label
                Schug Merlot 2013
                Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, 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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                • Cakebread Merlot 2013 Front Label
                  Cakebread Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Carmenet Merlot 2013 Front Label
                  Carmenet Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013 Front Label
                    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    Clos Du Val Merlot 2013
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                    • Ray's Station Merlot 2013 Front Label
                      Ray's Station Merlot 2013
                      Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                      • Hendry Merlot 2013 Front Label
                        Hendry Merlot 2013
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                        • Rombauer Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Rombauer Merlot 2013
                          Merlot from Carneros, 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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                        • Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
                          Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot 2013
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                          • Petrolo Galatrona 2013 Front Label
                            Petrolo Galatrona 2013
                            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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