About This Wine
Looking for a red wine to serve with chicken? Stop!
Traditionally, chicken — whether it’s baked, broasted or fried... and whether it’s lightly seasoned or flavored with “11 herbs and spices” — is served with white wine. Chardonnay is usually a good match, and so are varieties such as Chenin Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
Rare is the red wine that doesn’t simply overpower the flavors of poultry, leaving the diner with a culinary conundrum. But as one member of our tasting panel discovered, the 2009 California Merlot from 3 Muses is a wonderful match with both chicken and turkey — as long as you’re noshing on the dark meat of the respective bird.
The wine — a blend of Merlot and other red varieties — is soft and supple, and because its alcohol level is just 12.5%, it’s extremely food-friendly. And, in an admittedly rare occurrence, that friendliness extends even to our formerly feathered friends.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:Merlot and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Plum, Cherry, Blackberry and a Hint of Toasty Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestiondark meat chicken or turkey, or pasta with a red sauce.