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2010 Long Street Winery California Merlot

2010 Long Street Winery California Merlot Zoom

This easy-drinking wine offers impressions of cherry, blackberry, plum, chocolate and mocha.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2010
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About This Wine

Quiz time: What red wine variety outsells all others in U.S. food stores?

Did you say Cabernet Sauvignon? You would be wrong. According to Wine Institute, it’s Merlot — partly because it’s generally priced a bit lower, but mainly because it’s ready to drink at a younger age. Most bottlings of Merlot can be bought today and consumed tonight.

That’s certainly true of the 2010 Merlot from Long Street Winery, a wine that’s rich and aromatic, but possesses a tannin structure that does not require long-term aging. Will the wine get better with some more time in the bottle? Well, “better” is a relative term. It certainly will evolve, and it will “show” differently at each stage of its development.

But if you’re looking for a nice red wine that you can enjoy with tonight’s meal, your search has ended. Long Street’s 2010 Merlot just may become your go-to wine on those nights when everyone’s home for dinner.

About Merlot

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Chocolate and Mocha
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2013
  • Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or burgers with sautéed onions.

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14 Reviews

    Lightly oaked with dark berry flavors. We'll be saving our second bottle for a special occasion.

    10/22/2011 Scott Reich
    • Rater Rank 2
    • Number of Ratings 193
    • Average 3.86528497409

    Very good. Goes well with crab, escargot and oysters Rockefeller. I liked it very much because of its good tannins.

    11/03/2011 Rex Tate
    • Rater Rank 9
    • Number of Ratings 70
    • Average 3.54285714286

    This was a lot better than I expected it to be. I don't usually drink straight merlot, but usually prefer the grape in a blend. I thought this wine had a lot of body and was dark and heavy just like I like it. I could really taste the blackberry, chocolate and cherry.

    12/03/2011 Leah Taylor
    • Rater Rank 1,307
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    Disappointed! Weak flavor, bland, not up to your standards.

    1/09/2012 Robert J Rohr
    • Rater Rank 1,264
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 1

    Too sweet

    1/19/2012 James Wemhaner
    • Rater Rank 1,192
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 3

    Love the taste of this Merlot. The plum and the cherry really shine and it has a nice finish. This wine was fantastic with smokey turkey burgers.

    1/25/2012 Pamela Riley
    • Number of Ratings 1

    great taste right out of the bottle and opened up nicely. Paired well with sausage pasta!

    2/09/2012 Austin McInerny
    • Rater Rank 1,228
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    maybe slightly above average, but not worth that 4th star

    2/14/2012 Jerry
    • Number of Ratings 1

    I just know it tastes good.

    3/13/2012 Michael Hornback
    • Number of Ratings 1

    I'm a Pinot Noir fan. This other stuff is not very good. I will probably discontinue this club.

    4/04/2012 Ryan Metcalf
    • Rater Rank 1,041
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 1

    Very smooth. My wife can enjoy this wine and she doesn't typically like wine. Would like to buy more of this wine but it's no longer available.

    4/22/2012 Joe Maguire
    • Rater Rank 1,135
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4


14 recipes match for this wine.

  • Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
  • Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
    French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
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