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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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  • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2015 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Cakebread Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Cakebread Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Le Macchiole Messorio 2015  Front Label
        Le Macchiole Messorio 2015
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2015 Front Label
        Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2015
        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Rutherford Hill Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
          Rutherford Hill Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Banrock Station Merlot 2015 Front Label
            Banrock Station Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Australia
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            • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2015 Front Label
              Leese-Fitch Merlot 2015
              Merlot from California
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              • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Century Cellars Merlot 2015
                Merlot from California
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                • Chloe Merlot 2015 Front Label
                  Chloe Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from San Lucas, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                  • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2015 Front Label
                    Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • entwine Merlot 2015  Front Label
                    entwine Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2015 Front Label
                      Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2015 Front Label
                        Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2015 Front Label
                        Rutherford Hill Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Barnard Griffin Merlot 2015 Front Label
                        Barnard Griffin Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
                          L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2015 Front Label
                          Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                        • Carmenet Merlot 2015 Front Label
                          Carmenet Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from California
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                          • Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2015  Front Label
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                            • Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2015  Front Label
                              Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2015
                              Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                              Stone Cellars Merlot 2015
                              Merlot from California
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                              • Novelty Hill Merlot 2015 Front Label
                                Novelty Hill Merlot 2015
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2015 Front Label
                                  Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2015
                                  Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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