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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 Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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        • J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019  Front Label
          J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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        • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Decoy Merlot 2019
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019
            Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Mayacamas Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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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
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            • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Washington
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            • Chappellet Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Chappellet Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2020  Front Label
                Goldschmidt Vineyard Alexander Valley Chelsea Merlot 2020
                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2018  Front Label
                Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • Josh Cellars Merlot 2020  Front Label
                  Josh Cellars Merlot 2020
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Bogle Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Bogle Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Cannonball Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Cannonball Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Smoking Loon Merlot  Front Label
                      Smoking Loon Merlot
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Century Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
                        Century Cellars Merlot 2017
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rum Barrel Aged Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rum Barrel Aged Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                          • Gerard Bertrand Change Merlot 2020  Front Label
                            Gerard Bertrand Change Merlot 2020
                            Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                            • Oberon Merlot 2020  Front Label
                              Oberon Merlot 2020
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Duboeuf Merlot 2017 Front Label
                                Duboeuf Merlot 2017
                                Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                                • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2017  Front Label
                                  Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2017
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Meeker Handprint Merlot 2016  Front Bottle Shot
                                    Meeker Handprint Merlot 2016
                                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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