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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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE88
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  • Apex Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • ST86
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS88
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE90
    • WS88
    • ST88
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP89
    • ST86
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  • Januik Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sagelands Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2009
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Barnard Griffin Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • ST87
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2003
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Kiona Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Januik Winery Klipsun Vineyard Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 1998
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Walla Walla Merlot 2000
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • ST91
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS91
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS91
    • RP91
    • ST90
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • W&S92
    • RP91
    • ST91
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