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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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  • Markham Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Markham Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
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  • Oberon Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Oberon Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WW89
    4.3 74 Ratings
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  • Century Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Century Cellars Merlot 2017
    Merlot from California
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    • Chateau Saintayme  2018  Front Label
      Chateau Saintayme 2018
      Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • D91
      3.9 61 Ratings
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    • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Washington
      • JS89
      4.1 8 Ratings
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    • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • TP93
      • WW92
      4.1 11 Ratings
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    • Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2020  Front Label
      Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2020
      Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
      • JS90
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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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    • Candoni Organic Merlot 2020  Front Label
      Candoni Organic Merlot 2020
      Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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      • Leonetti Merlot 2020  Front Label
        Leonetti Merlot 2020
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS93
        • JD90
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      • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 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
            • WS91
            4.1 26 Ratings
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          • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WW90
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          • Mt. Brave Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Mt. Brave Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
            • JS95
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            • RP94
            • WS93
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          • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Mayacamas Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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            • Bogle Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Bogle Merlot 2019
              Merlot from California
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              • Napa Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Napa Cellars Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                • JS92
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              • Cannonball Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Cannonball Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                • WW89
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                • TP89
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              • Domaine Bousquet Organic Merlot 2020  Front Label
                Domaine Bousquet Organic Merlot 2020
                Merlot from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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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
                  3.9 16 Ratings
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                • Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                    • TP93
                    • WE91
                    3.9 34 Ratings
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                  • Steele Shooting Star Merlot 2016  Front Label
                    Steele Shooting Star Merlot 2016
                    Merlot from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                    • Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2020  Front Label
                      Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2020
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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