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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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  • 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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      Petrolo Galatrona 2010
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tilia Merlot 2010 Front Label
      Tilia Merlot 2010
      Merlot from Argentina
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        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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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
          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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            • 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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            • Indaba Merlot 2010 Front Label
              Indaba Merlot 2010
              Merlot from South Africa
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              • Three Rivers Columbia Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
                Three Rivers Columbia Valley Merlot 2010
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Westerly Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Westerly Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Lapostolle Merlot 2010 Front Label
                  Lapostolle Merlot 2010
                  Merlot from Chile
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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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                  • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2010 Front Label
                    Gundlach Bundschu Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, 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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                    Santa Alicia Reserva Merlot 2010
                    Merlot from Chile
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                  • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2010 Front Label
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                    Merlot from 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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                      • Duckhorn Rector Creek Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Duckhorn Rector Creek Vineyard Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Gainey Merlot 2010 Front Label
                        Gainey Merlot 2010
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
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                          • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2010 Front Label
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                            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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                          • Lava Cap Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
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                            Merlot from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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