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Merlot wine is one of the most popular red wines on the market. They are made in France, California, Australia, Italy, to name just a few regions.

Merlot is a dry, full-bodied wine, but not as dry as Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a fruitier flavor and less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, which is why it is used as a mixing grape in many Bordeaux-style wines.

Depending on where the grapes were grown, Merlot has different flavors. When grown in a cool climate like Italy or France, Merlot has flavors of berries, plums and aromas of cedar and tobacco. In warm climates like California, Merlot has flavors of wild berries and cherries. In hot climates like Australia and South Africa, it has flavors of spice and chocolate.

On this page, you will discover some delicious examples of Merlot from all over the world, pairing ideas and more.

French Merlot Wines

Other than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is one of the most important grapes grown in France.

It gives the nuance to the Bordeaux wines of the Left Bank and Right Bank that make both so intriguing.

The most important French Merlot areas are: Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. These wines are highly sought-after.

Be on the lookout for Merlot from:

  • Chateau Petrus (Pomerol)
  • Chateau Trotanoy (Pomerol)
  • Chateau Figeac (Saint-Emilion)
  • Chateau Monbouquet (Saint-Emilion)

California Merlot Wines

Most California wineries produce Merlot and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.聽Take a look at just some of the California Merlot that is available to you here.

Charles Shaw Merlot Wines

Charles Shaw, perhaps better known as "Two-Buck Chuck," is the signature Merlot wine of Trader Joe's food stores.

Don't let their inexpensive price tag fool you: these are enjoyable wines.

Besides, if it turns out you do not like it, you did not invest much into the purchase.

Bogle Merlot

Bogle Merlot is a blend of wine from vineyards in California.

It is a full-bodied wine with aromas of fruit and herbs. Bogle Merlot spends a year in American oak barrels to develop its unmatched flavors and aromas. The flavors of Bogle Merlot are of fruit, spices and very smooth.

Barefoot Merlot Wines

Barefoot wine is a staple in inexpensive wine. The Barefoot Merlot is fruity with just the right amount of tannins to balance the flavors of fruit.

Smoking Loon Merlot Wines

This California Merlot has aromas of berries and herbs, along with flavors of fruit, herbs and spices. Smoking Loon Merlot is medium-bodied with a nice tannins balance.

Napa Valley Merlot

Markham Merlot

Markham Merlot is an intense wine. It is a deep red wine that features aromas of fruit, spices, vanilla, and flavors of berries and chocolate. This is a very smooth wine.

Marilyn Merlot

Marilyn Merlot is one of the Marilyn Monroe-inspired wines from Marilyn Wines.聽It is one of the most sought-after Merlot wines from Napa Valley. This is a wine that has personality outside and inside the bottle. It has a bright red color, aromas of berries and spices. The flavors in Marilyn Merlot you will enjoy are fruit and herbs.

Duckhorn Merlot

There are several different bottlings of Duckhorn Merlot. There are four Merlot wines made from single vineyard grapes, and one made from a blend of grapes grown in certain vineyards in Napa Valley.

The single vineyard Merlot wine give you a beautiful representation of Merlot is in the Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley Merlot wine gives you an example of the many flavors that you can find in Napa Merlot.

Italian Merlot Wines

Italian Merlot is generally from the very northern part of the region. The area between Veneto and Piedmont, directly on the Swiss border is called Ticino. This area is famous for its Merlot wines. The Ticino wine region crosses the border into Switzerland, so you may also find Ticino wine from there as well.

Other areas where Italian Merlot has made a name for itself are: Alto Adige, Friuli, Trentino and Tuscany. In Tuscany, it Merlot has become popular in Super-Tuscan wines.

Try these Italian Merlot bottlings:

  • Falesco Merlot (Umbria) - a dark red Merlot with aromas and flavors of wild berries and spices. This is a full-bodied, smooth wine.
  • Falesco Montiano (Lazio) - a deep red with aromas and flavors of plum, fruit and spices.
  • Ecco Domani Merlot (Sicily) - deep red-purple, with aromas and flavors of wild berries, plum, herbs and chocolate. This is a smooth wine with a nice tannin balance.

Australian Merlot

Lindemans Merlot Wines

Lindemans makes several different bottlings of Merlot.

  • Limestone Coast Reserve is a dark red, medium-bodied wine. The grapes are harvested from vineyards along the Limestone Coast south east of McLaren Vale. It has aromas of berries, herbs and chocolate. The flavors you will enjoy in this Lindemans Merlot are berries, spices and a nice tannin balance.
  • Bin 40 Lindemans Merlot is a blend made from vineyards across Southeastern Australia. This wine is bright red and medium-bodied. It has aromas of berries, spices and herbs, the flavors are the same plus a lovely flavor of oak.
  • Cawarra Merlot is made from certain vineyards in Southeastern Australia. It has a beautiful bright red color and aromas of berries, chocolate and spices. The flavors of this Merlot wine are full of plum, fruit, spices and a nice balance of tannins.

Yellow Tail Merlot Wine

Yellow Tail Merlot is really wonderful.聽Find out more about this wine and other Yellow Tail wines here.

New Zealand Merlot Wines

Oyster Bay Merlot Wines

Oyster Bay Merlot is made in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. It has delicious aromas and flavors of plum, berries and spices, coupled with a nice tannin balance.

Chilean Merlot Wines

Corbett Canyon Merlot

Corbett Canyon Merlot is a medium-bodied wine with lovely flavors of berries and spices. It is a nice, smooth Merlot wine.

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How To Serve Merlot Wine

Pairing options with Merlot are totally up to you. Merlot matches beautifully with roast beef, pork or turkey, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, blue or cheddar cheese, even dessert.

What is Merlot

Merlot is a grape from Italy, which is considered to be one of the best red wines in the world. It is produced from the Malvasia variety, which is the most prized and sought after grape at the time of production.

Merlot is a complex wine, that is due to its blend of sweet and dry notes. This wine is often referred to as a "dry" wine, as it is a very dry wine. It is also considered to be a very fruity wine, due to its high sugar content.

Merlot is produced from the Malvasia variety, which is the most prized and sought after grape at the time of production.

Merlot is not commonly available in North America. However, it is becoming more popular as it is becoming easier to find in the States.

Merlot is a grape that is often used in red wines. It has a sweet and low acidity and is known for its pleasant aroma. Merlot is also used in the production of white wine, as well as sparkling wines.

Merlot is a versatile wine that can be used to make a number of different types of wine, such as red wine, white wine, and sparkling wine.

Merlot is a grape that has a sweet and low acidity and is known for its pleasant aroma. Merlot is also used in the production of white wine, as well as sparkling wines.

Red wine is sweet. In the case of the classic Pi帽a Colada, sweet and sour, a dominant flavor that is followed by a fizzy lactic sweetness. Red wine is also considered a character of the South, a color and flavor that is often mentioned as being distinct from both red and white wines. Here's a summary of red wine, followed by the popular interpretations of red wine:

The classic red wine (is there any other) is sweet, salty, and tangy with a slightly tartness.

What's called a "traditional" red is what is called a ros茅. These are made from the same grape that makes wine, but are made with less sugar and are made to be consumed cooler and more intensely. These are generally light in color, either light ruby red or light pink, and although the flavor is wine like, the character of the red wine is typically to sweet. In the case of the South, this wine is common throughout the month of February.

Other reds have slightly more alcohol, with a smaller portion of the sugar in red wine, and can be attributed to the region. The most popular of these is the New World 鈥 I'm not sure why, but in the world of North American wine, we're reminded of this flavor from the grape called the "Fruit of the Lark." This is red wine that has more alcohol than a wine from New Zealand.

Traditional white wine is about one third to one half the sugar of red wine. The flavor is not red wine like, but is almost akin to that of a very dry red.

Riesling is very popular with the south, and is almost more closely related to the French red wine than the English red wine. This wine is made from a variety of grapes, usually grown in the high elevations of the Alps or from grapes that are particularly spicy. The top of the valley, or the top of the valley grape, is called "Gipsy," and the low point, or the lower part of the valley, is called "Harlequin." Both of these grapes have a very pronounced flavor. Riesling wines are made from a few distinct grape varieties, but the general flavor is a very smooth wine, made from the most common grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

Oak and Merlot Wines

One of the great debates amongst wine drinkers has to do with how oaky they like their wines. Some love the flavors that oak adds, some would prefer not to taste oak. Others say 鈥淚 don鈥檛 mind oak, as long as it鈥檚 in balance with the wine, you know, just the right amount.鈥 It鈥檚 no surprise that people don鈥檛 agree. Oaky flavors, like many other aspects of wine, are neither good nor bad on their own, and liking them (or not) is a matter of personal taste. But what many people might not realize is that oak does a lot more to wine than just add flavors.

Oak provides tannins. Tannins are compounds in wine that come from grape seeds and skin. In red wines, which usually have tannins of their own, this merely adds complexity to the texture, sort of like leaving lumps in your mashed potatoes. In white wines, the added tannins can make the wine seem richer, and rounder, or even more powerful, like a red wine. These tannins also act as a preservative, allowing wines to age longer.

Oak aging also affects the texture of red wine by softening the tannins that are already present in the wine. This happens because the tiny flow of oxygen that seeps through the barrel causes the smaller tannin molecules to connect with one another forming longer molecules. These longer molecules feel softer because they no longer get stuck in the tiny receptors on our tongues.

The color of wines can also be greatly affected by time spent in oak. In white wines, oak can add a golden or caramel hue to the wine, both by absorbing the color from the toasted surface on the inside of the barrel and because of complex reactions caused by the naturally occurring compounds in the oak. In red wine, oak aging stabilizes the color, making the wine darker. Aging in oak also helps to clarify wines because compounds that could cause wine to be hazy stick to the inside of the barrels.

And then there are the flavors. Oak can be responsible for flavors like vanilla, butterscotch, cinnamon, clove, dill, cardamom, coconut, cocoa, smoke, or even (surprise) oaky flavors. But not all oak imparts the same flavors. New oak barrels provide much more flavor than used barrels do. The size of the oak container used also contributes to wine: large oak tanks have a less noticeable effect on flavors (due to a lower proportion of barrel surface to wine volume), while smaller barrels have a more noticeable effect. The origin of the oak used also effects flavors 鈥 different types of oak grow in different places, and each type of oak imparts unique flavors, so American oak鈥檚 flavor contribution is different than that of French oak, Slovenian oak, Hungarian oak or Russian oak.

So next time you鈥檙e having a friendly debate about how much oak there should be in wine, remind your friends that there鈥檚 more to it than meets the tongue.