Merlot

As with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is used as blending agent in the "Super Tuscan" style wines out of Italy and also in some modern Chianti's. Merlot has been used for hundreds of years because of it easy-drinking 'calming' quality. The grape itself buds, flowers, and ripens early. Because of this, Merlot has a full body with lots of bright, black fruit, and aromas and flavors of chocolate and violet - similar to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot is great with all tomato based pasta dishes, heavy seafood's like salmon, and smoked meats.

Leg of Lamb with Arugula Mint Pesto
Mocha Sheet Cake
Yellow Potato Gnocchi
Roasted Carrots with Honey
Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast
Lamb Stew with Vegetables
Grilled Basil Chicken Tenders
Grilled Mussels
Grilled Pork and Peach Sticks
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Toasts
Tuscan Sandwich
Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Pork Ragu and Pappardelle
Braised Beef Al Primitivo
Guinea Foul with Grapes
Late Harvest Tomato and Basil Sauce with Fusilli
Risotto With Truffles
Roast Quail Stuffed with Pate and served in a Pastry Crust
Risotto with pigeon ragout

Frescobaldi wines to pair with the above recipes include:
Tenuta di Castiglioni
Lamaione
Luce
Lucente
Mormoreto
Giramonte