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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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  • Masseto  2017  Front Label
    Masseto 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW93
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • V94
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • JS93
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  • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • TP94
    • JS92
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2019
    Merlot from California
    • TP92
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells 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
      • JS93
      • WW92
      • RP90
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    • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
      Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • V93
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    • San Simeon Merlot 2017  Front Label
      San Simeon Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WS90
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    • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS90
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    • Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
      Provenance Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2017
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS94
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    • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Markham Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Emmolo Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Emmolo Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        • WW92
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      • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Decoy Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • PlumpJack Merlot 2018  Front Label
          PlumpJack Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • JD95
          • RP90
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        • Trefethen Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Trefethen Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • TP92
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        • Ronan by Clinet  2016  Front Label
          Ronan by Clinet 2016
          Merlot from Bordeaux, France
          • JD91
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        • Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Rodney Strong Sonoma Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
          • WW90
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