Merlot is loved for it’s boisterous black cherry flavors, supple tannins, and chocolatey finish. On the high end, it’s often mistaken with Cabernet Sauvignon and commonly blended with it.
- Medium-Full Body
- Medium-High Tannin
- Medium Acidity
- 13.5–15% ABV
Merlot is a great wine to play with, as it matches with a wide variety of foods. Don't be afraid to experiment!
For Tuesday night, easy drinking, entry-level Merlot: think pizza, bbq chicken or a penne boscaiola situation (think tomato sauce, creamy, bacony, mushroomy goodness). Keep it simple, easy meals work with easy wines.
For a Merlot-dominant blend (such as entry-level Bordeaux) that has earthy notes, as well as ripeness, think: roast turkey, beef short rib, or a rustic ratatouille! For braised meat pairings, try complementing Merlot's boisterous fruit notes with chimichurri sauce.
Finally, for those full and lush new world styles, think rack of lamb, roast veal, or filet mignon with peppercorn red wine sauce… mmmmm.
Things to shy away from when pulling the cork on a Merlot would include delicate fish dishes, light salads, and super spicy things - save those chilis for a German Riesling!
- Christie's auction sets a record for most expensive Merlot.
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