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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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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2010 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Trinchero Vista Montone Vineyard Daybreak Block Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Trinchero Vista Montone Vineyard Daybreak Block Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Watermill Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
      Watermill Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2010
      Merlot from Oregon
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      • Delectus Merlot 2010 Front Label
        Delectus Merlot 2010
        Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Materra Merlot 2010 Front Label
        Materra Merlot 2010
        Merlot from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Mayacamas Merlot 2010 Front Label
          Mayacamas Merlot 2010
          Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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          • Ornellaia Masseto 2010 Front Label
            Ornellaia Masseto 2010
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Rubissow Merlot 2010 Front Label
            Rubissow Merlot 2010
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Buccella Merlot 2010 Front Label
              Buccella Merlot 2010
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 2010 Front Label
                Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 2010
                Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                • RP92
                • WS91
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              • Ridge Perrone Merlot 2010 Front Label
                Ridge Perrone Merlot 2010
                Merlot from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Turnbull Fortuna Vineyard Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
                  Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
                  Merlot from North Coast, California
                  • RP90
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                • Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2010  Front Label
                  Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                • Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from California
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                • Lambert Bridge Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Lambert Bridge Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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