Pairing Merlot

Eric Guido is back with a delicious pairing menu for Merlot

 


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United States, North Fork Long Island

Merlot has become a staple variety in the North Fork of Long Island. The fact is, this region has struggled to find its place, and with Merlot, they may have finally found it. Tasting these wines provides another unique example of what Merlot is capable of. They aren’t overbearing or heavy, nor are they Old World. Instead they are juicy yet firm, subtle yet deep, and drinkable on release, yet with the stuffing to mature in your cellar.  

I absolutely love Merlot with roasted duck. Talk about two things that simply are made for each other. The soft, enveloping textures of Merlot against the velvety, slightly gamey, yet wonderful sultry meat of duck makes me smile each time I taste them together. What’s more, that added bump of juiciness and structure found in Long Island Merlot gives it an edge when tasted with the sometimes fatty flesh of roasted duck. The recipe I found to pair this with is amazing, Slow-Roasted Duck with Olive Gravy and Garlic-Fennel Confit.

2008 Macari Merlot EstateOn the nose, I found cranberry and plum with a dark, savory beef note and hints of dark chocolate. On the palate, it showed a medium body with a core of tart red berry fruit and excellent balance. A slight coating of tannin on the finish promises a number of years’ worth of development in bottle. (89 points)

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  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    Eric
    On the filet mignon dish,does the amount of doneness of the meat factor in to determine which wine to drink? In other words, would a rare filet match up better to a certain wine as opposed to a medium or medium well filet?

    Oct 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM


  • Snooth User: cosmoscaf
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    My wife and I are Merlot fans and enjoy a wide range of styles. We also like our red meat pretty rare. Speaking very generally, the big bodied Chateau St. Michelle Merlot does better with rare beef. Once it is cooked medium or more, something a little austere - such as a St Emilion Bordeaux - seems more appropriate if only because the flavors of well done meat are more subdued and a big, full wine can overwhelm it. But that is personal preference.

    Oct 05, 2012 at 1:10 PM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    I tend to agree to Cosmoscaf. I like my meat medium-rare and it's how I plan most pairings. A heightened level of acidity can also help a well-done peice of steak. You need something to get your mouth watering. The Bordeaux recommendation is great.

    Oct 05, 2012 at 1:31 PM


  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    As well as a Merlot of Northern Italy!!!

    Oct 05, 2012 at 1:31 PM


  • Cool climate merlots are elegant in general, and retain their acidity that make for lovely dining companions. Love them with nearly all food! I would bottle a Carneros merlot if it would SELL, but it's also magical in a blend. I find the cool-climate merlot's coco-y finish is pretty with seared/caramelized edges of meat and the minerality balances with meat juices beautifully. Too fruity wine is no match for a savory meal unless you're into red currant sauce on your duck. etc. I will try these recipes!

    Oct 05, 2012 at 2:46 PM


  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Thank you so much for all of the recommendations! I am planning on trying at least two of these parings tonight and tomorrow!

    Oct 05, 2012 at 7:40 PM


  • I really like Merlot, I'm used to the ones we make in Argentina, all do I have tried someones from California, in the matter of pairing, I agree mostly with the sugestions there are published in the article, but my favorite is pasta with bolognese, or similar, I have also tried with stew, roastbeef, lamb or pork, with great success.

    Dec 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM


  • Snooth User: messygonzo
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    You need something to get your mouth watering. The Bordeaux recommendation is great.

    Aug 02, 2013 at 6:03 AM


  • Snooth User: Mydietarea
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    I really like Merlot

    Aug 03, 2013 at 1:55 AM


  • Snooth User: jamchimps
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    Marvelous

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:47 AM


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