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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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    Pepperwood Grove Merlot
    Merlot from Chile
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      Merlot from California
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      • BV Century Cellars Merlot
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        • Red Rock Merlot  Front Label
          Red Rock Merlot
          Merlot from California
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          • Firestone Prosperity Merlot Front Label
            Firestone Prosperity Merlot
            Merlot from Central Coast, California
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            • Millaman Merlot Front Label
              Millaman Merlot
              Merlot from Chile
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              • Smoking Loon Merlot  Front Label
                Smoking Loon Merlot
                Merlot from California
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                • Brotherhood Merlot
                  Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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                  • Red Diamond Merlot  Front Label
                    Red Diamond Merlot
                    Merlot from Washington
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                    • Two Vines Washington State Merlot  Front Label
                      Two Vines Washington State Merlot
                      Merlot from Washington
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                      • Rex Goliath Merlot Front Label
                        Rex Goliath Merlot
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • Long Shadows Vintners Vintners Collection 2013 6 Bottle OWC Collector's Set  Front Label
                          Long Shadows Vintners Vintners Collection 2013 6 Bottle OWC Collector's Set
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Long Shadows Vintners Vintners Collection 2014/2015 6 Bottle Collector's Set
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Merlot Front Label
                              Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Merlot
                              Merlot from Texas, Other U.S.
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                              • Ledge Rock Hill Winery Merlot Front Label
                                Ledge Rock Hill Winery Merlot
                                Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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                                • Three Wishes Merlot Front Label
                                  Three Wishes Merlot
                                  Merlot from California
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                                  • Chateau La Paws Merlot  Front Label
                                    Chateau La Paws Merlot
                                    Merlot from California
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                                    • Chateau Diana Merlot Front Label
                                      Chateau Diana Merlot
                                      Merlot from California
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                                      • North Bank Merlot  Front Label
                                        North Bank Merlot
                                        Merlot from California
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                                        • Vista Point Vineyards Merlot  Front Label
                                          Vista Point Vineyards Merlot
                                          Merlot from California
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                                          • Livingston California Reserve Merlot Front Label
                                            Livingston California Reserve Merlot
                                            Merlot from California
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                                            • Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot  Front Label
                                              Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot
                                              Merlot from California
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                                              • Eight Tiny Reindeer Winery Dasher & Dancer Merlot  Front Label
                                                Eight Tiny Reindeer Winery Dasher & Dancer Merlot
                                                Merlot from California
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                                                • Liberty Creek Merlot  Front Label
                                                  Liberty Creek Merlot
                                                  Merlot from California
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                                                  • Scotto Family Cellars Grace Bridge Merlot  Front Label
                                                    Scotto Family Cellars Grace Bridge Merlot
                                                    Merlot from California
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