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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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  • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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    • Decoy Merlot 2010 Front Label
      Decoy Merlot 2010
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        Tilia Merlot 2010
        Merlot from Argentina
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        • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2010 Front Label
          Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2010
          Merlot from Chile
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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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            Indaba Merlot 2010
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
              Kenwood Jack London Vineyard 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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            • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
              DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010
              Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Leonetti Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Leonetti Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Chile
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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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                  • Pepperwood Grove Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Pepperwood Grove Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Chile
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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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                    • Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2010 Front Label
                      Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2010
                      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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                    • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2010 Front Label
                      Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2010
                      Merlot from Chile
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                      • Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2010
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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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                        • Efeste Upright Merlot 2010 Front Label
                          Efeste Upright Merlot 2010
                          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
                          Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
                          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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