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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 1998
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Atalon Mountain Estate Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Leonetti Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Robert Mondavi Coastal Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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  • Trinchero Selection Merlot 1998
    Merlot from California
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  • Duck Pond Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Fetzer Barrel Select Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Fetzer Barrel Select Merlot 1998
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Plaisir de Merle Merlot 1998
    Merlot from South Africa
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 1998 Front Label
    Alfasi Merlot (OU Kosher) 1998
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Hogue Vineyard Selection Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Hogue Vineyard Selection Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Benziger Merlot Reserve 1998
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • St. Francis Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frescobaldi Lamaione 1998 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Lamaione 1998
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sterling Reserve Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Burgess Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Burgess Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Wolffer Estate Estate Selection Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Wolffer Estate Estate Selection Merlot 1998
    Merlot from New York, Other U.S.
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  • Blackstone Napa Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Merlot 1998 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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