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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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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WS91
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    • J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019  Front Label
      J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • TP92
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    • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Apothic Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Apothic Merlot 2019
        Merlot from California
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        • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Washington
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          • Wild Horse Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Wild Horse Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Central Coast, California
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            • Emmolo Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Emmolo Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020  Front Label
                Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020
                Merlot from California
                • WW89
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              • Seavey Merlot 2014 Front Label
                Seavey Merlot 2014
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • V92
                • RP90
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              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WE91
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              • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
                Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
                • JS93
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              • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WS91
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              • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • JS91
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              • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
                Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • WE93
                • WW90
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              • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • RP95
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              • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Washington
                • JS89
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              • La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017  Front Label
                La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                • RP94
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              • Josh Cellars Merlot 2020  Front Label
                Josh Cellars Merlot 2020
                Merlot from California
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                • St. Francis Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  St. Francis Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                  • WW90
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                • Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Carneros, California
                  • WS91
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                • Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2019  Front Label
                  Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2019
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
                  • JS93
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                • Pepperwood Grove Merlot Front Label
                  Pepperwood Grove Merlot
                  Merlot from Chile
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