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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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  • J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019  Front Label
    J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • JS92
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    • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Washington
        • JS89
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      • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
        • WS90
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      • Bogle Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Bogle Merlot 2019
        Merlot from California
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        • Markham Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Markham Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • JS92
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        • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • JS93
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        • Cannonball Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Cannonball Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
          • WW89
          • WE89
          • TP89
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        • Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rum Barrel Aged Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rum Barrel Aged Merlot 2019
            Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Chappellet Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Chappellet Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WS91
                3.9 41 Ratings
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              • Menage a Trois Lavish Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Menage a Trois Lavish Merlot 2019
                Merlot from California
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                • Rombauer Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Rombauer Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
                    • JS91
                    4.3 8 Ratings
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                  • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Washington
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                    • Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                      • Parcel 41 Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Parcel 41 Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from North Coast, California
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • William Hill Central Coast Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            William Hill Central Coast Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Central Coast, California
                            • D90
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                          • Domaine Bousquet Organic Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Domaine Bousquet Organic Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                            • Trefethen Merlot 2019  Front Label
                              Trefethen Merlot 2019
                              Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
                              • D90
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