Wine Varietal

Merlot
  • Pronounced
    (murr-LOW or MARE-low)
  • Appearance
    Dark ruby red
  • Body Style
    Medium-bodied
  • Flavors
    Black cherries, blackberries, currants, plums, mocha, cedar, vanilla, minerals, tobacco and mint
  • Major Source
    California; Chile; France (Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon regions); Italy; New York; Virginia; and Washington state
  • Food Matches
    Cheddar
    Ham
    Lamb
    Pork
    Roast Beef
    Steaks
    Veal
    Chicken
    Turkey
    Delicate Fish
    Southwestern/Barbecue
Merlot is a very popular red wine with a softer texture than Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot has firm tannins. There are several styles of Merlot including a Cabernet-style Merlot, which includes a high percentage (up to 25 percent) of Cabernet Sauvignon. In France, it is almost always blended with other grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and sometimes Malbec and/or Petit Verdot.