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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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    Hogue Genesis Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gordon Brothers Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Italy
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    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Wolffer Estate The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2005 Front Label
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    Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from North Coast, California
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  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Merlot from Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Lamaione 2005  Front Label
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau La Gomerie  2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Le Moulin 2005
    Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau La Fleur de Gay 2005
    Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Chile
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