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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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  • Markham Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Cakebread Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
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  • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016  Front Label
    La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS91
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  • AVA Grace Merlot 2016  Front Label
    AVA Grace Merlot 2016
    Merlot from California
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2016  Front Label
      Leese-Fitch Merlot 2016
      Merlot from California
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      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Acre Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Acre Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
          L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS95
          • JD93
          • W&S90
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        • Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
          Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Ghost Pines Merlot 2016 Front Label
          Ghost Pines Merlot 2016
          Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2016 Front Label
            Mollydooker The Scooter Merlot 2016
            Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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            • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016 Front Label
              Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Candoni Merlot 2016 Front Label
                Candoni Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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                • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • JS89
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                • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • W&S92
                  • WW91
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                • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016 Front Label
                  Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • JS92
                  • RP90
                  • WE90
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