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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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    Red Rock Merlot
    Merlot from California
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    • Two Vines California Merlot  Front Label
      Two Vines California Merlot
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      • Pepperwood Grove Merlot Front Label
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        Merlot from Chile
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          • BV Century Cellars Merlot
            Merlot from California
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            • Century Cellars Merlot  Front Label
              Century Cellars Merlot
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              • Red Diamond Merlot  Front Label
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                • Firestone Prosperity Merlot Front Label
                  Firestone Prosperity Merlot
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                    Millaman Merlot
                    Merlot from Chile
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                    • Brotherhood Merlot
                      Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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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
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                            • Scotto Cellars Grace Bridge Merlot  Front Label
                              Scotto Cellars Grace Bridge Merlot
                              Merlot from California
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                              • Ledge Rock Hill Winery Merlot Front Label
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                                • Stray Grape Urban Winery Stag's Leap Merlot  Front Label
                                  Stray Grape Urban Winery Stag's Leap Merlot
                                  Merlot from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Electric Reindeer Merlot Front Label
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                                    Merlot from California
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                                    • Rocket Red Merlot  Front Label
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                                      Merlot from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                                      • Liberty Creek Merlot  Front Label
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                                        • Three Wishes Merlot Front Label
                                          Three Wishes Merlot
                                          Merlot from California
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                                          • Eight Tiny Reindeer Winery Dasher & Dancer Merlot  Front Label
                                            Eight Tiny Reindeer Winery Dasher & Dancer Merlot
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                                            • Mon Ami Winery American Semi-Sweet Merlot Front Label
                                              Mon Ami Winery American Semi-Sweet Merlot
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                                              • Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot  Front Label
                                                Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot
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