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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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    • WW92
    • RP90
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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
    • D90
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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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  • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Merlot 2019
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • JS93
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    • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
      Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019
      Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • JS92
      • WW90
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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
      4.1 5 Ratings
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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
      • JS91
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    • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
      Mayacamas Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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      • Pepperwood Grove Merlot Front Label
        Pepperwood Grove Merlot
        Merlot from Chile
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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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          • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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              • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Boomtown by Dusted Valley Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Washington
                • JS89
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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
                • WS90
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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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                • Bogle Merlot 2019  Front Label
                  Bogle Merlot 2019
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Peju Winery Legacy Collection Merlot 2018  Front Label
                    Peju Winery Legacy Collection Merlot 2018
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2020  Front Label
                      Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2020
                      Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                      • WW89
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                    • Markham Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Markham Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • JS92
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                    • Apothic Merlot 2020  Front Label
                      Apothic Merlot 2020
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                        • JS93
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                      • Century Cellars Merlot 2017  Front Label
                        Century Cellars Merlot 2017
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Cannonball Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Cannonball Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                          • WW89
                          • WE89
                          • TP89
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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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