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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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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Cousino Macul Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Cousino Macul Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Chile
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    • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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      • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2017 Front Label
        Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • GEN5 Merlot 2017  Front Label
          GEN5 Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • Frog's Leap Merlot 2017  Front Label
            Frog's Leap Merlot 2017
            Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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            • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
              • WE92
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            • Bogle Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Bogle Merlot 2017
              Merlot from California
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              • Dark Horse Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Dark Horse Merlot 2017
                Merlot from California
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                • Ca'Momi Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Ca'Momi Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Benziger Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Benziger Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Parcel 41 Merlot 2017  Front Label
                      Parcel 41 Merlot 2017
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2017  Front Label
                        J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2017
                        Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                        • TP92
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                      • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2017  Front Label
                        Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2017
                        Merlot from Washington
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                        • Little Black Dress Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          Little Black Dress Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from California
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                          • Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2017 Front Label
                            Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2017
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Guenoc California Merlot 2017 Front Label
                              Guenoc California Merlot 2017
                              Merlot from California
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                              • Dante Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                Dante Merlot 2017
                                Merlot from California
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                                • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                  Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2017
                                  Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                                • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                  Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2017
                                  Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                                • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                  Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2017
                                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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