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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tilia Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Tilia Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Argentina
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    • Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2010 Front Label
      Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2010
      Merlot from Chile
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2010 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 2010
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Richard Betts Wines Saint Glinglin Carte Verte 2010 Front Label
      Richard Betts Wines Saint Glinglin Carte Verte 2010
      Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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      • Leonetti Merlot 2010 Front Label
        Leonetti Merlot 2010
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WE95
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        • RP93
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      • Indaba Merlot 2010 Front Label
        Indaba Merlot 2010
        Merlot from South Africa
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        • Pellegrini Merlot 2010 Front Label
          Pellegrini Merlot 2010
          Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Lapostolle Merlot 2010 Front Label
            Lapostolle Merlot 2010
            Merlot from Chile
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            • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
              DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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              • Westerly Merlot 2010 Front Label
                Westerly Merlot 2010
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Buena Vista Sonoma Merlot 2010 Front Label
                Buena Vista Sonoma Merlot 2010
                Merlot from Carneros, California
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                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Twomey Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • WW91
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                • Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Chile
                  • WE88
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                • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Duckhorn Rector Creek Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Duckhorn Rector Creek Vineyard Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                  • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from California
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                    • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
                      Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2010
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Gainey Merlot 2010 Front Label
                      Gainey Merlot 2010
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                      • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                      • Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
                        Frog's Leap Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
                        Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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