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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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  • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Luna Vineyards Merlot 2013
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Substance Super Substance Stoneridge Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Emmolo Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Emmolo Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Buena Vista Sonoma Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Carneros, California
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    Frog's Leap Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Rust en Vrede Merlot 2013
    Merlot from South Africa
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  • Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Matthiasson Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW94
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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  • Chateau Souverain Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Chateau Souverain Merlot 2013
    Merlot from California
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  • Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS91
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gainey Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Gainey Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Trefethen Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2013 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2013
    Merlot from California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2013
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (3 Liter Bottle) 2013
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • CG93
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