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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2009 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Veramonte Merlot Reserva 2009 Front Label
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Australia
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    World's End Little Sister Reserve Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Australia
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    Merlot from Italy
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  • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Les Gravieres 2009
    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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