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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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  • Korbin Kameron Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Korbin Kameron Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2014
    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    Chacewater Winery Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jason-Stephens Estate Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Jason-Stephens Estate Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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    Hill Family Estate Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Annabella Merlot 2014
    Merlot from California
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  • Paradigm Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Paradigm Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Markham Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Trefethen Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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