Cards of Wine

Merlot (Italy)

Merlot is an easy-drinking, soft, and elegant red wine.

New to red wine? Start with Merlot!

Typical Flavors


Raspberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry
Blueberry
Violets
Violets
Herbs
Herbs
Pepper
Pepper

Oak added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Raspberry, Black Cherry, Plum, Tobacco and Vanilla are typical Italian Merlot flavors.

Profile

Italian Merlot is a medium wine with medium tannins and acidity:

BODYMedium - Plus
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Plus
Serving temperature:
14-15°C (57-59°F)
Oaked 16-18°C (61-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Finger Food
Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham

Soup
Casseroles
Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Chicken
Chicken

Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal

Italian Merlot goes well with a wide variety of food.

Sipped alone is a wonderful meditation wine.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
French Cuisine. Italian Dishes (Tomato Based).
Pizza. Baked Pasta. Lasagna.
Spaghetti Meatballs. Hamburger.
Fried or Grilled Mushrooms.
Casseroles. Beef Stew.
Veal Chops. Wiener Schnitzel.
Meatloaf. Beef Wellington.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Red Meat Dishes.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.

If You Like Italian Merlot

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The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Merlot

Merlot is the second most planted grape in the world.

Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in both "Bordeaux Right Bank" and "Bordeaux Left Bank" blends, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Merlot adds softness and mouth-watering fruit creating the perfect marriage with the more masculine grape Cabernet Sauvignon. The name Merlot derives from French "Merle" (Blackbird) for its dark color.

100% Merlot wines exist and they are some of the world´s most expensive wines such Chateau Petrus (Pomerol, Bordeaux) or Ornellaia (Bolgheri, Tuscany).

Merlot is known to be easy to drink, both alone and with food and therefor a perfect introduction to redwine for the newcomers.

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Merlot in Italy

Merlot is the fifth most widely planted grape variety in Italy.

It is commonly found in the north of Italy, in the regions of Alto-Adige, Friuli, and Veneto, where the Merlots are juicy, soft and pleasant with fresh acidity.

In Tuscany it is a part of the "Super Tuscan" blend.