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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 reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What most 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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  • Starmont Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Starmont Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Carneros, California
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor  2014 Front Label
    Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2014
    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2014 Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Yarden Odem Vineyard Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014  Front Label
    Yarden Odem Vineyard Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014
    Merlot from Israel
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  • Geyser Peak Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Geyser Peak Merlot 2014
    Merlot from California
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  • Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Mendocino, California
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Merryvale Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rancho Sisquoc Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Rancho Sisquoc Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (creased label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot (creased label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Merlot from Calistoga, 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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Decoy Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • St. Francis Merlot 2014 Front Label
    St. Francis Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Januik Winery Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Januik Winery Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014 Front Label
    Yarden Merlot (OK Kosher) 2014
    Merlot from Israel
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  • Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Noble Vines 181 Lodi Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Lodi, California
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bogle Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Bogle Merlot 2014
    Merlot from California
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  • Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gnarly Head Merlot 2014 Front Label
    Gnarly Head Merlot 2014
    Merlot from California
    • WE90
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