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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 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Swanson Oakville Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from California
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  • Snoqualmie Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2004
    Merlot from North Coast, California
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    Merlot from Italy
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Blankiet Paradise Hills Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Keenan Reserve Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Keenan Reserve Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2004 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from South Africa
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2004
    Merlot from Chile
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    Petrolo Galatrona 2004
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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