In honor of International Merlot Day (November 7th), we’ve put together a list of our favorite Merlots. These wines are perfect for the cold weather and the upcoming holiday season.
2017 Sebastiani Merlot, Sonoma County
This fruit-forward wine has aromas of black cherry, plum, and a hint of herbal tea. On the mouth, there are notes of vanilla, raspberry jam, and cinnamon. Pair a Merlot like this with a dish like duck. Check out this Smoked Duck Breasts with Cherry Compote recipe.
2016 Roth Merlot, Sonoma County
Gold Medal, 92 Points – Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
This Merlot is described as having aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and hints of sweet spice. Black plum, violet, chocolate cream, and cardamom flavors will dance across your tongue as you sip this wine. This wine pairs beautifully with holiday turkey. While turkey can be somewhat dry, Roth’s juicy Merlot brings it back to life.
2017 Foley Sonoma Merlot, Alexander Valley
This Alexander Valley Merlot introduces itself with enticing scents of blueberry, mulberry and vanilla. On the palate, a medium body brings forth flavors of blue and black berries with a delicate mocha finish. We recommend pairing with roasted vegetables or grilled bison hamburgers. Try cooking with Merlot instead of Cabernet in this Cast Iron Brussel Sprouts recipe to spice things up.
2016 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
A rich Merlot like this one from Firestone Vineyard pairs wonderfully with roast lamb or roast beef with simple spices and sauces. On the nose, you’ll get aromas of roasted plum, espresso, and hints of boysenberry. With flavors of red fruit, espresso, and a hint of tobacco, this wine is excellent for the cold weather season.
2018 Ferrari-Carano Merlot, Sonoma County
A velvety Merlot with a complex nose followed by an enticing palate with flavors of black huckleberries, dried currants, leather and clove. This wine has impressive length and a lasting, elegant finish.