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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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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016  Front Label
    Tour Saint Christophe Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe 2016
    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Peju Province Merlot 2016 Front Label
    Peju Province Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
      Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot 2016
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016  Front Label
          Whitehall Lane Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Candoni Merlot 2016 Front Label
          Candoni Merlot 2016
          Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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          • Merryvale Merlot 2016  Front Label
            Merryvale Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
              Chateau Haut-Brisson (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
              Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Pedestal Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Pedestal Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Mt. Brave Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Mt. Brave Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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              • WE94
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2016 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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              • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2016  Front Label
                Rutherford Hill 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
                • WW94
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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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              • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016 Front Label
                Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Wild Horse Merlot 2016 Front Label
                  Wild Horse Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2016  Front Label
                    Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2016
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                    • 14 Hands Merlot 2016 Front Label
                      14 Hands Merlot 2016
                      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2016  Front Label
                        Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2016
                        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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