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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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  • Oberon Merlot 2017 Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Markham Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Cakebread Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Cakebread Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Gnarly Head Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Gnarly Head Merlot 2017
      Merlot from California
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      • Skyfall Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Skyfall Merlot 2017
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Parcel 41 Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Parcel 41 Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Carmel Selected Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
            Carmel Selected Merlot (OU Kosher) 2017
            Merlot from Israel
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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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            • Napa Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Napa Cellars Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Lodi, California
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              • St. Francis Merlot 2017  Front Label
                St. Francis Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2017
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                  • Guenoc California Merlot 2017 Front Label
                    Guenoc California Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from 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
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                    • Wild & Wilder The Exhibitionist Merlot 2017  Front Label
                      Wild & Wilder The Exhibitionist Merlot 2017
                      Merlot from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                      • Folie a Deux Merlot 2017  Front Label
                        Folie a Deux Merlot 2017
                        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                        • Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017  Front Label
                          Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2017
                          Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Estancia Merlot 2017  Front Label
                            Estancia Merlot 2017
                            Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                            • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
                              Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2017
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2017
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Hogue Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                  Hogue Merlot 2017
                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                  • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                    Leese-Fitch Merlot 2017
                                    Merlot from California
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                                    • Simi Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                      Simi Merlot 2017
                                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                        Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Merlot 2017
                                        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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