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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 reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What most 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 2018  Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Decoy Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Decoy Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Washington
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      • Textbook Merlot 2018 Front Label
        Textbook Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Oxford Landing Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Oxford Landing Merlot 2018
        Merlot from South Australia, Australia
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      • Citra Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Citra Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Tortoise Creek The Revivalist Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          • Acre Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Acre Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Leonetti Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Fat Bastard Merlot 2018  Front Label
              Fat Bastard Merlot 2018
              Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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              • Cousino Macul Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Cousino Macul Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Chile
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                • Bogle Merlot 2018 Front Label
                  Bogle Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from California
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                • Elena Walch Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Elena Walch Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                  • Parcel 41 Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Parcel 41 Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2018  Front Label
                      Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2018
                      Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                      • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Ramsay Merlot 2018  Front Label
                        Ramsay Merlot 2018
                        Merlot from North Coast, California
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