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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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    Delectus Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Chile
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    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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    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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    Querciabella Palafreno 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bogle Merlot 2010 Front Label
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    Merlot from California
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    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from South Africa
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2010 Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    Merlot from California
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    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2010 Front Label
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Rust en Vrede Merlot 2010
    Merlot from South Africa
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  • K Vintners Stoneridge Merlot 2010 Front Label
    K Vintners Stoneridge Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Washington
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    Novelty Hill Merlot 2010
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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