Also known as: Merlot, Bigney, Crabutet, Crabutet Noir, Médoc Noir, Merlot Noir, Petit Merle, Vitraille. Wine's labeled "Merlo Blanc" are unrelated.
Characteristics: Hearty, smooth, mellow, yet complex red wine. Styles can vary greatly from low to medium intensity. Other descriptive terms that may be associated with the Merlot varietal are black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, minty, peppery, and straw. Merlot varietal wines tend to be moderate in body and low in tannins when compared to other red wines.
Ageing: Ready to consume in 4 to 8 years. Oak ageing is known to compliment and soften, however, the fruit flavor may fade.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 60º-65º F.
Food pairings: Pork, turkey, pasta with red or rich sauce, beef, veal, pheasant, chocolate, and garden salads.