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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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  • Apothic Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Apothic Merlot 2019
    Merlot from California
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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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      • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Washington
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      • Emmolo Merlot 2019  Front Label
        Emmolo Merlot 2019
        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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        • Rombauer Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Rombauer Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • WW91
          4.5 9 Ratings
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        • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018  Front Label
          Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2018
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS91
          4.4 7 Ratings
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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
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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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            • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015 Front Label
              Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
              • JS93
              3.9 115 Ratings
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            • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              • WE93
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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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            • Napa Cellars Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Napa Cellars Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              • JS92
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            • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020  Front Label
              Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020
              Merlot from California
              • WW89
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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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            • Clos du Bois California Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Clos du Bois California Merlot 2019
              Merlot from California
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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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              • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2018  Front Label
                L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2018
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Cannonball Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Cannonball Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • WE89
                  • TP89
                  4.6 8 Ratings
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                • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2017  Front Label
                  Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2017
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Pepperwood Grove Merlot Front Label
                  Pepperwood Grove Merlot
                  Merlot from Chile
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                  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
                    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2019
                    Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
                    • JS91
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                  • St. Francis Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    St. Francis Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                    • WW90
                    3.9 49 Ratings
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                  • Cannonball Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Cannonball Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from California
                      4.4 8 Ratings
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