Merlot was given a bad rap, thanks to Paul Giamatti’s character in the movie Sideways. Not because it’s not a well-made wine, but simply because at the time, it was an overly produced wine in California. Fun fact: the prized 1961 Cheval Blanc his character drank is a Saint Emilion Grand Cru, a Merlot based blend.Merlot makes some of the most expensive and sought after wines in the world, including Chateau Petrus which starts at $400 upon release, but can garner upwards of $5,000. Merlot typically shows notes of juicy red and black fruits, earth and barnyard, chocolate and mint. The tannins are low to medium, making it a very friendly and approachable red.
- France: Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol
- California(Napa Valley), Washington
- Aromas: Juicy Red Fruits, Plum, Blackberry, Chocolate, Espresso, Earth, Barnyard
- Flavors: Blackberry, Cassis, Mocha, Spice
- Steak, Red Meats, Barbecue Ribs, Hearty Pasta Dishes, Aged Cheeses