Merlot is the second most popular red wine in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). It's known for its soft, sensual texture and approachable style.
When it comes to the nose, classic merlots often have notes of cherry, cocoa, herbs, and spice. On the pallet, dark fruits like plum, cherry and blackberry can dominate.
Merlot pairs well with a range of meat—from chicken to pork to beef. Try serving fruity, lighter merlots with chicken or pork. Serve heavier, bolder merlots with lamb, venison and flavorful beef dishes. Of course, bold cheeses are a nice accompaniment to this red wine.