About This Wine
Why do we love Merlot?
Let us count the ways. We love Merlot because it matures sooner than more “forceful” wines, which means you can enjoy it while those other wines are aging and mellowing out. We love Merlot because it makes a perfect “transition” wine for friends who have been drinking rosé and white wines, and are ready to give reds a try.
We love Merlot because it’s grown successfully in an array of microclimates, from fairly cool to fairly hot. We love Merlot because it pairs beautifully with some of our favorite food, including pasta with red sauces, chicken casseroles, other light-meat dishes, seasoned red meats and some vegetarian fare.
Yes, there are lots of reasons to love Merlot, especially when it’s as good as the 2015 vintage from Quail Hollow Winery. Sourced from vineyards in several California regions, it’s a cuvee that could become your “house red.”
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:Dark Cherry, Cocoa, Red Plum, Baking Spices, Berries & Vanilla
- Aging Vessels:Select Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2018
- Food Pairing Suggestionvegetarian lasagna, or a seasoned flank steak.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The RecipePortuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe