Merlot: Soft Tannins, Dark Fruit
Swirl and taste: Blackberries, blueberries, plums, cassis, and dried cherries combined with chocolate, cedar, and tobacco and sometimes hints of black olive.
Merlot carries the same complex flavor package that Cabernet Sauvignon does, but generally has softer, mellower tannins.
• Tender, milder cuts of beef, such as tenderloin
• Meaty fish―salmon, tuna
• Black olives
• Fresh herbs
• Grilled foods
• Meats with warm spices
• Meats with fruit sauces―berries, dried cherries
MORE TASTING NOTES Merlot is the popular wine that it is partly because of its gentle reputation. But don’t write Merlot off as less than serious! The variety can be deeply concentrated, with firm, Cab-rivaling tannins―especially Merlot from Washington state.
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