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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 repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many 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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  • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Petrolo Galatrona 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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    • 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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      • Buena Vista Sonoma Merlot 2010 Front Label
        Buena Vista Sonoma Merlot 2010
        Merlot from Carneros, California
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        • Mirassou Merlot 2010 Front Label
          Mirassou Merlot 2010
          Merlot from California
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          • Indaba Merlot 2010 Front Label
            Indaba Merlot 2010
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2010
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Pellegrini Merlot 2010 Front Label
              Pellegrini Merlot 2010
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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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              • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
                DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010
                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Westerly Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Westerly Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Central Coast, 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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                    • RP93
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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
                    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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                  • Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Waterbrook Collector's Series Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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                      • 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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