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Merlot

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture...

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

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 permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

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 and Cabernet Franc.

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    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Trefethen Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2013
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2014
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Rombauer Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Carneros, California
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        • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Grgich Hills Merlot 2013
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Jacuzzi Merlot 2014
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            • Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2013
              Merlot from Maipo Valley, Chile
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2014
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2013
                Merlot from California
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              • Parducci Small Lot Blend Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                • The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot 2013
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Tenuta Luisa Merlot 2013
                    Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Roberta's Reserve 2012
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Sterling Vintner's Collection Merlot 2013
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                      • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2014
                        Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                      • Hagafen Merlot 2012
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Nickel & Nickel Bear Flat Merlot 2014
                          Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012
                            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2013
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Chatter Creek Merlot 2010
                              Merlot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Bravdo Landmark Merlot 2013
                                Merlot from Israel
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                                • Barnard Griffin Merlot 2014
                                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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