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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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  • Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997 Front Label
    Beringer Howell Mtn. Bancroft Ranch Merlot (loose capsules) 1997
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Columbia Crest Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Fetzer Barrel Select Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Fetzer Barrel Select Merlot 1997
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Preston Wine Cellars Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gordon Brothers Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Sterling Diamond Mountain Ranch Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Palmer Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Palmer Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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  • Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Charles Krug Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • St. Clement Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Waterbrook Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ferrari-Carano TreMonte Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano TreMonte Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Artesa Napa Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Artesa Napa Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Benziger Merlot Reserve 1997 Front Label
    Benziger Merlot Reserve 1997
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Andretti Merlot 1997 Front Label
    Andretti Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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